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The Antique Airfield, Blakesburg, Iowa fly-in is this weekend! Hope wx cooperates and we can all get there! Join us Saturday, Aug. 30, 5:00 pm at the Pilot’s Pub for a Lady Taildraggers gathering! 

Blakesburg Fly-in

NEW!Friday @ 4:00 join Sharon Tinkler & Bob Taylor at the Pilot’s Pub. Explore the idea of LLT pilots flying legs of a coast to coast flight across the U.S. in 2015.

LLT YouTube Video ‘Got My Mind Set On YOU!’

LLT YouTube Video ‘Got My Mind Set On YOU!’

“Got My Mind Set On YOU!” newest LadiesLoveTaildraggers video. Read More »

Bruce Bohannon’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

Bruce Bohannon’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

Well crap, I thought I’d escaped the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that’s spreading like wildfire across the internet – at least till Bruce Bohannon sent me this nifty little video today. It cracked me up and puts a whole new dose of fun in the aviators challeng... Read More »

Our Mission

To encourage women everywhere to have fun flying taildraggers!

This blog isn’t about ratings, hours in the logbook or owning an award winning airplane. It is about flying taildraggers just for the fun of it. We introduce ladies to aviation and encourage women (and men) to join the wonderful world of conventional aircraft!

Lady tailwheel pilots around the world
Stephanie Zwolinski     (New York)

Stephanie Zwolinski (New York)

Stephanie Zwolinski is based at a private grass strip, NY50 Johnson Airport, Perth, New York. I have wanted to fly since I was a little girl, though it always seemed out of reach. Through a co-worker, I got involved in my local EAA Chapter, which has a healthy contingent of vintage taildraggers, and... Read More »

Janine Shepherd: Never Tell Me Never

Janine Shepherd: Never Tell Me Never

I’d like everybody to meet Janine Shepherd, an athlete, a pilot, an aerobatics instructor, an author AND a lady taildragger pilot. In fact, I’d like to meet Janine Shepherd myself and let some of her amazing positive energy rub off on me!  She is one determined lady who found out the har... Read More »

Blakesburg Fly-in 2014, August 27 – September 1

Blakesburg Fly-in 2014, August 27 – September 1

Come on ladies, mark your calendars for the next great fly-in and meet some lady taildragger pilots in the process! There are tons of great fly-ins all over the U.S. coming up in the next few weeks. You’ve got your favorites, I’ve got mine, hopefully our paths will cross at one of them. ... Read More »

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Jennifer Wenk     (North Carolina)

Jennifer Wenk (North Carolina)

Jennifer Wenk is based at KMRH, Michael J. Smith Field, Beaufort, North Carolina. I’ve always walked around facing skyward but I didn’t actually get my pilot’s license until 13 years ago, well after my kids were well established in their own lives. With the encouragement of my husb... Read More »

Good for Business, by Gayle Crowder

Good for Business, by Gayle Crowder

  I am obsessed with aviation. When I’m not at the airport, I want to be at the airport. Or to talk about the airport, or airplanes, or flying. It’s difficult to be stuck working in a retail store all day, trying to concentrate, when my mind is two thousand feet AGL. Trouble is, the... Read More »

Welcome guest writer Gayle Crowder

Welcome guest writer Gayle Crowder

I am very happy to report LadiesLoveTaildraggers has added a new, amazing author to our website! Joining me in writing for LLT is Gayle Crowder, a passionate lady taildragger pilot and lover of all things related to flying taildraggers. Gayle will write articles for LLT that will expand and diversif... Read More »

Beech Party 2014: Tullahoma, TN

Beech Party 2014: Tullahoma, TN

Ladies, let’s go to Beech Party 2014! Mark your calendars for our last LLT fly-in bash of the year October 15 – 19, 2014 KTHA, Tullahoma, Tennessee Saturday, October 18 is LadiesLoveTaildraggers Day with special tours just for us!! I’ve been working with one of my favorite Luscombe... Read More »

RAF River Run Fly-in 2014

RAF River Run Fly-in 2014

Here’s a Recreational Aviation Foundation trip that looks like a great time! Fly the Smokey Mountains to the Georgia coast, Sept. 19 – 21, 2014. The flyer says “2015″ but is a typo. 2014 for sure!! Read More »

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THANK YOU, THANK YOU LLT!!! Day 1 of my tail wheel training!! Learning a lot. Brian Lansburgh is an awesome instructor! 3 pt and wheel landings, stalls and spins, turns around a point 10 feet AGL, hand propping and more!! (2 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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Just venting: I was going to bring Piper to the kennel on Friday so I could go to Red Stewart field on Saturday, but the wx is looking stormy, and my annual won't be done until Friday at the earliest (if nothing else goes wrong). So he's going in as planned on Tuesday, so I can go to Triple Tree on Wednesday, if the wx is good. Now I'm having second thoughts about flying the mountains alone (I know they're not the Alps, but geez, I'm from the Flatlands). Aargh! Vent over, for now. Thanks for listening. ... See MoreSee Less

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Mike WilleyDon't let someone else set the limits of your capabilities envelope. I learned this lesson over and over again and the sad history is that I thought I was too conservative in my flying and some of the people who were more adventurous are no longer with us. Its a hard lesson to learn in Aviation...10 hours ago   ·  3
Lowry Aviation(Hug) - that's what I got. Kudos on being safe.9 hours ago   ·  1
Kathy Johnson DavisAnne- I did it on my way home from OSH... you can so do this! Follow a highway through the passes, makes it much more comfortable. And with a fresh annual, all checked out and good to go! You go girl!8 hours ago   ·  4

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Hey Sharon Tinkler, the weather for me getting to Blakesburg just keeps looking worse and worse. My plan is to head that direction first thing tomorrow morning but we'll have to see if it's doable. I've been losing sleep over this airplane and am dying to see it & talk to him. Can you check and see if Jerry May is coming in his 1936 Rearwin Sportster?!! (2 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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Tanille Elaine DeLairShe is a beauty!12 hours ago
Sharon TinklerI will check and see if the Mays are coming and let you know. Heading back to the field in an hour or so :). Not many arrivals here yet.10 hours ago
Judy BirchlerTom Edmondson just texted me, is 50 min out of IA27!8 hours ago
Lowry AviationSuch a great aircraft!8 hours ago   ·  1

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They're already arriving at Antique Airfield in Blakesburg, Iowa. Sharon Tinkler arrived today! If you're headed that direction, Sharon T and Bob Taylor would like you to join them Friday at 4:00. Sharon & I have been bouncing around the idea of LLT pilots flying legs of a coast to coast flight across America in 2015. If you're at Blakesburg, please come and brainstorm! ... See MoreSee Less

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Debbie McFarland, Thomas Michael Edmondson and 8 others like this

Anne Scheer WrightHow about a flight in all 50 states, all on the same day? 50 different pilots, that is.1 day ago   ·  3
Sharon TinklerBob Taylor thinks the LLT at Blakesburg is a wonderful idea and he wants to meet everybody. He told me he'd be thinking of the ways women drew attention to their flying back in the twenties and thirties.1 day ago   ·  1

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Anne Scheer WrightOoooh, shiny!1 day ago   ·  1
Judy BirchlerNancy Pierce’s Retractable N14LB Midget Mustang. Incredibly, since I first posted Nancy's pilot profile and this picture on LLT, 5 different men have sent me emails begging to buy it. Last I heard, it's not for sale. Keep on flying Nancy!1 day ago   ·  6
Wayne BresslerNancy has been the caretaker of that airplane for a long time. The builder did an amazing job not just with the basic construction, but also the modifications; retractable landing gear being the most obvious. We should all be thankful to Nancy for keeping such a beautiful and unique airplane flying and in top condition. It takes a lot of love to accomplish that goal.19 hours ago   ·  2
Anne Scheer WrightThank you, Nancy!17 hours ago   ·  2
Lowry AviationThis has got to be one of the most amazing EXP's I have ever seen nicely done.13 hours ago

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Hello all! One of our two scholarship winners, Diana LeSueur, is training with Brian Lansburgh in Sisters, Oregon as I write this. They're having a blast! Stay tuned for a report... ... See MoreSee Less

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Judy BirchlerThat's so cool Gayle Crowder. Really looking forward to hearing how it's going!1 day ago   ·  1

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Last Friday at 5 a.m. I took off with 2 other friends on a cross country trip to the Airshow of the Cascades. I logged a total of 7.1 hours of flight (in a Skyhawk). It was almost a 600 nautical miles long. I had so much fun and learned a lot that I can not wait until my next cross country. I also flew with Jacquie Warda (Jacquie B Airshows) before her show. She was great at some tips and lessons for when I start training for tailwheel. What a great experience! (5 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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Barbe S Parkwhat an accomplishment and adventure, Amber! Keep with it and get that TW time!!2 days ago   ·  1
Amber PhillipsI was excited to have been offered this opportunity. Now juggling school, full time (and overtime) job... and the everyday chores of life... I will squeeze this tailwheel in sometime soon. :)2 days ago   ·  2
Amber PhillipsNot sure how the boyfriend puts up with this all. :)2 days ago
Barbe S Parkforget the boyfriend, this is FLYING!!! hahhhahhhaaaa!2 days ago   ·  5
Amber Phillipshaha! My other boyfriend is the plane too right? :)2 days ago   ·  3

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I gave Young Eagle rides to the 2 cutest ever 11 year old sisters and their mom today; Rachel, Lillian & Shannon. Such a fun time! They loved their rides. :) (4 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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Dudley HenriquesThere's just "something" about the feeling you get giving someone their first experience with flying. The rewards come back starting with that smile you see as they get out of the airplane after that first ride. Sometimes it comes back in other ways. I remember that smile on a young boy who flew with me for his first ride. He's retired now, from the left seat he occupied as a United Airlines Captain. Feels good to "pass it forward" doesn't it ?4 days ago   ·  2
Deni WhitsittI absolutely love giving kiddos their first ride!!! Love love love it!!!4 days ago   ·  1
Ellie Lorna CarterExcellent :-)4 days ago   ·  1
Judy BirchlerYes, it does feel good. Very good. I particularly like giving rides to the kids who are busting at the seams to get in the airplane and don't want to get out. :)4 days ago   ·  2
Dudley Henriques:-)4 days ago

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At the KUES airport today. Waukesha Airshow this weekend. Patty Wagstaff talked to the Girl Scouts and gave a show. EAA B-17 also there. (3 photos) ... See MoreSee Less

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Judy BirchlerGlad you made it to Wisconsin Kelly and hope they had a good turnout of women professionals like yourself to mentor the girls. Seeing your pictures I'm wondering if Patty had to do a low airshow? Too bad I couldn't go north from Indy yesterday morning - I hated to miss it and worse yet, really hated not being able to fly part of the trip with you in your RV8. Raincheck!!5 days ago   ·  1
Carri HoaglandI was up here with 500' ceilings and fog. Wished I could have been there.4 days ago   ·  1

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This is one of my favorite flying photos! FYI, anything you post in this group will automatically appear on the LLT website. Sadly, if your FB picture settings are private your pics won't be visible. To change your settings in your profile, in the header line pull down the far right tab, 'Setting', Click on 'Apps' in the menu on the left hand side. In the section which says 'Apps others use' check the boxes which say 'My photos', 'My videos' and 'My links' and 'Save' the changes. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thanks for adding me to the group!

My name is Suzy. I'm from Michigan and I've suffered from Tailwheelism for the past 12 years... ;)

I look forward to meeting more like minded folks from your group!

Attached is a photo of my bird and I a few winters ago.
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Judy BirchlerGreat picture. So glad to see you on LLT!6 days ago   ·  1
Sean FitzpatrickI'ts about time you got on here Suz!!!!!6 days ago   ·  1
Darren LuckeOn skis no less..... Way cool!6 days ago
Anne Scheer WrightWelcome, Suzy! I'm based at ARB, we should meet up sometime!6 days ago
Ben TaylorI can't believe u weren't on here already these fine ladies are having a informal gathering here a week from today so u will have to join them for that6 days ago   ·  1
Mike LambertAbout time, Missy! And I was giving Dave crap for finally getting his ticket yesterday...I should've harangued you about not being in LLT yet!6 days ago   ·  1
Mike LambertBen, do I sense a tinge of excitement in your post to be surrounded by all these lovely women and their taildraggers?6 days ago
Ben TaylorLol I'm excited to see all my friends not looking forward to all the stress involved in putting on a national flyin6 days ago   ·  1
Mike LambertHell you should be used to it by now!6 days ago
Ben TaylorYou never get used to it6 days ago   ·  1
Mike LambertI have this mental image of you saying that completely straight faced and flushed.6 days ago   ·  1
Pilot Sioux-zSean, Ben and Mike.... I like to be "fashionably late" to the party! Not only that... If LLTD let you guys in... Well... I really shouldn't finish that thought in here... Jk! So yea- BBerg...see yas there! And Ben- I bulked out the cargo compartment for you last time I was through Yeunglingland...6 days ago   ·  2
Mike LambertLet us in the group, not the association. Apparently we need a sex change first. I don't know about Ben but I just don't have the money for all that right now!6 days ago   ·  2
Michelle My Bellehahaha tailwheelism! i love it5 days ago

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Just a reminder, if you are helping out at this event, please submit your information via this link. And YES, GA/tailwheel ladies are needed. :) ... See MoreSee Less

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Judy BirchlerKelly Jeffries'& I are going. Carri Hoagland weren't you thinking about it? Anybody else available this Friday?!?1 week ago   ·  1
Carri HoaglandI was, but the weather does not look good. I will submit my info just in case.1 week ago   ·  1
Carri HoaglandI did register.1 week ago   ·  1
Judy BirchlerTime I checked the weather too......7 days ago

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