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Courtney Smith     (Arizona)

Courtney Smith (Arizona)

Courtney Smith is based at KCHD, Chandler Municipal Airport, Chandler, Arizona. I earned my tailwheel endorsement in a Citabria, and it made me a better pilot! Read More »

Helen Woods     (Maryland)

Helen Woods (Maryland)

Helen Woods is based at W29, Bay Bridge Airport, Stevensville, Maryland. I am a Searey pilot and the only lady Searey CFI in the country, possibly the world! I am Searey crazy! Helen Woods Read More »

2015 LadiesLoveTaildraggers Fly-in!

The countdown’s begun for our next LadiesLoveTaildraggers Fly-in. Follow the links to all the fly-in details and how to get your fly-in tshirt!

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Look out Texas, here we come! The 2015 LLT Fly-in runs Friday, May 29 till Sunday, May 31 at KSLR, Sulphur Springs, TX. Everyone welcome but pre-registration required. Tshirts are pre-sale only and will be mailed to you 2 weeks before the fly-in. 

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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
Debbie Baker     (Florida)

Debbie Baker (Florida)

Debbie Baker is based at 03FA, Lake Persimmon Airstrip, Lake Placid, Florida. My taildragger is a 1941 Stinson 10-A, which I restored (A&P). It was a fun project, everything was done in house. We took my Stinson 10-A to Sun n Fun in Lakeland Fl in 1998. I received Best Antique Monoplane. My goal... Read More »

What’s the word on a Cameron Airshow 2015?

What’s the word on a Cameron Airshow 2015?

Here is one of the best airshow videos I’ve seen. Produced by Scott Slocum it’s a high impact, cram packed 4 minutes, edited to entertain even the most hyperactive among us. Totally awesome! Cameron is located in northwest Missouri and watching this video of their 2014 airshow makes me v... Read More »

Lisa Kienholz     (California)

Lisa Kienholz (California)

Lisa Kienholz is based at KSZP, Santa Paula Airport, Santa Paula, California.  I fell for Taildraggers over 35 years ago during my first general aviation flight, in my friend Al Fisher’s Aeronca Chief. We even did some dog fighting with a friend of Al’s – I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face. A few... Read More »

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Willow Hetrick     (Alaska)

Willow Hetrick (Alaska)

Willow Hetrick is based at PALH, Lake Hood Seaplane Base, Anchorage, Alaska. My name is Willow and I’ve lived in Alaska my entire life. I am an avid outdoorswoman and flying was a natural choice to better explore and adventure in Alaska. Through the years, I occasionally considered learning to... Read More »

Michelle Carter     (California)

Michelle Carter (California)

Michelle Carter is based at KSZP, Santa Paula Airport, Santa Paula, California. My name is Michelle Carter, 22, and I received my Private Pilots license two summers ago at Santa Barbara Airport. Now you can find me at Santa Paula Airport flying a Piper J-3 Cub with my boyfriend, Sammy Mason. Nothing... Read More »

Woohoo! Circle Indy’s Grass Strips Flyout Video!

Woohoo! Circle Indy’s Grass Strips Flyout Video!

I always love it when video shows up unexpectedly, especially when it’s flying footage from a terrific event. I was happy as I could be when a friend gave me video he had taken at our fantastic “Circle Indy Grass Strips Flyout” — way back in 2013. The flyout was something I p... Read More »

The 2015 LadiesLoveTaildraggers Fly-in/Splash-in!!

The 2015 LadiesLoveTaildraggers Fly-in/Splash-in!!

Texas, here we come! The 2015 LadiesLoveTaildraggers Fly-in/Splash-in! KSLR, SULPHUR SPRINGS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT, TX FRIDAY to SUNDAY, MAY 29 – 31, 2015 EARLY ARRIVALS THURS, MAY 28 • 5000′ Hard-surface runway. 2000′ Grass runway. Municipally owned lake. • Home of Legend Cub • Campin... Read More »

Mary Alverson     (Minnesota)

Mary Alverson (Minnesota)

Mary Alverson is based at KSGS, South St Paul Municipal Airport-Richard E Fleming Field, South St Paul, Minnesota.  I own a 1969 Super Cub. It is on floats from May-Nov. I have a seaplane flight school in St. Paul and Brainerd Mn – Wings Over Water Seaplanes Training. Because it’s on flo... Read More »

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Sherra DavenportWe got 100LL at malden MO for 382 this weekend2 days ago
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Celia's Cessna 180 featured as the new LLT cover shot happens to be my husband's old "courting" airplane! He totally rebuilt it back in the 70's and it was the first plane I was ever in..fond memories. Always loved the 180! ... See MoreSee Less

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Anne Scheer WrightHow romantic! And it worked!3 days ago   ·  4
LD Jeffriesand still is!!!3 days ago   ·  2
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I just saw an ad for a 1927 film,"Wings", a silent film that launched Gary Cooper's career. The stars took flying lessons in 1927, the flying instructor ducked in the rear seat during filming. "shot on location on a budget of $2 million at Kelly Field in San Antonio, Texas. Hundreds of extras and some 300 pilots were involved in the filming, including pilots and planes of the United States Army Air Corps." I've never watched an entire silent movie. That's about to change. ... See MoreSee Less

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Monty GrovesWon first Academy Award for best picture also an academy award for Best Engineering Effects.4 days ago
Judy BirchlerI didn't know that. All the more reason to see it.4 days ago   ·  1
Sharon TinklerGood find! Is it on youtube do you suppose?4 days ago
JD KangLooks cool!!4 days ago   ·  1
Samantha CercheroI just saw something on TCM about that movie! It said it will be airing on Sunday, just not sure what time. Looking forward to it!!3 days ago   ·  1
Allison R HoytI own it, if anyone in the Tulsa area ever wants to have a movie night.3 days ago   ·  2
Stephanie BelserSunday night, I think it's 10PM-12:30 ET3 days ago   ·  1
Jennifer WenkPete and I watched it last weekend. It's a long movie with an intermission but thoroughly absorbing. I loved the flying and even forgot that it was a silent movie early on. I highly recommend it!3 days ago   ·  2
Matt StewardI've never seen it Allison R Hoyt3 days ago
Eric ObssuthIt was on my required study list for all A&P apprentices and student pilots! Last I checked it is immediately viewable and free on Amazon if you are a Prime member!3 days ago   ·  1
Jill Wood TallmanYou will like it, I think. We have a local theater that plays silents with an organ accompanist, and I saw "Wings" last year or the year before. 3 days ago   ·  3
Judy BirchlerI'm so happy to hear it's on Amazon Prime. I don't have to stay up till 12:30 now!3 days ago   ·  2

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Here is the first landing of the old girl

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Marlon YoungThanks for posting. Have enjoyed watching it come together the last few months.6 days ago   ·  2
Judy BirchlerOne for the history books now. Looks like it couldn't have gone any better. It was a little breezy up north today, hopefully you didn't have to deal with much of a cross wind.6 days ago   ·  1
Debbie BakerSo excited for you all. The first flight is amazing5 days ago
Chuck AvonWe flew it 3hr yesterday gave rides to every one made 7 tate off and landings one trip 100lb of fuel pilot 190lb front pas 300lb rear seat pas 180lband 120 lb that is 890lb5 days ago   ·  2
Chuck AvonAir plane gross weight 2230 came out of factory at 1260 that is a useful of 970 with yesterdays 890 lb load we had room for 80 lb more or 14 gl more gas that works out to 30 gl of gas and four adults not bad for a old plane5 days ago   ·  2
Mike FinneyGreat job. I know how much work you have put in the past year to get to this.5 days ago
Gary SheetsVery nice!5 days ago
Andy HeinsGood job Chuck and Shannon5 days ago
Shannon AvonThanks everyone we are definitely going to fly and enjoy her.5 days ago   ·  3
Gerhard RiegerLooking good5 days ago

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here is a video of her first flight since 1992. She flew great and hands free.

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Chuck AvonJudy here is the first take off climbed so fast Shannon could not keep up with the plane with the camera6 days ago
Mike LambertBeautiful.6 days ago
Judy BirchlerIt jumped right off the ground alright and sounded great. I can't the video to play past 2:46 though. ?6 days ago   ·  1
Debbie BakerGreat job, Franklin purring and Stinson raring to fly again. Cograts6 days ago
Vanessa Jump NelsonMe, too, there's something wrong with the playback feature and it stops, goes back right after take-off, even though there's supposedly still several minutes left on the clip.5 days ago
Chuck AvonWe did an edit out of the middle he sat and did a long run up and could not see much that's why.5 days ago
Chuck AvonNow that the first flight is done the plane flew hands off only rigging that i need to do is it has a little right rudder that i need to bend the trim tab a little to get rid of it.The only squak is the generator is not working so will fix that it's no big thing easy to get to on franklin.5 days ago   ·  1
Vanessa Jump NelsonOh, ok, so it was intentional, not a glitch. Well we definitely saw the most exciting part! Who-hoo! First flights are so special. Thanks for sharing. It's a Franklin? Cool. No wonder she has that "wet" sound when taxiing. It sounded familiar.5 days ago
Chuck AvonVanessa Jump Nelson yes it is a 150 HP franklin runs strong5 days ago   ·  1

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Anybody in Chicagoland hungry? As always, this is late notice but if you're close (or not so close) to KRPJ and want to meet for lunch today at The Flight Deck Restaurant, come on. Boyd and I are flying together in his RV7 from Indy. I'm guessing we'll get there 11 or 11:30 Chicago time. ... See MoreSee Less

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Cynthia FlorsheimWish I could meet you Judy. But today I have broncitus. Where is KRPJ?4 days ago   ·  1
Cynthia FlorsheimSorry, just saw it Rochelle. Not too near me. My nearest airport is Palwaukee.4 days ago   ·  1

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Thomas Michael EdmondsonJust saw this in an ad (new item) in Flying Mag. How many times have you been away from home on a trip and needed that 'one tool'. Here is a great "Ramp Remedy". Judy Birchler, hit these guys up to donate one "Pilot Tool Kit' to your upcoming fly-in as an auction item. www.cruztools.com/products/gatools.html7 days ago   ·  1
Judy BirchlerDone! I just sent a request to CruzTOOLS so keep your fingers crossed. It really would be a wonderful donation. Great idea Thomas Michael Edmondson.6 days ago

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Debbie BakerPerfect. Been enjoying the smooth air, mostly clear skies except for the burning of the fields.1 week ago

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Kaitlin MrozLooks like Washington! Beautiful1 week ago   ·  2
Summer MartellIt is. 😃1 week ago   ·  3
Kaitlin MrozSo cool! Had the pleasure of flying with James to Roche harbor from Boeing and loved every minute. Beautiful area1 week ago   ·  2
Kaitlin MrozIf I return, take me up? I'll pay expenses, just love flying open cockpit1 week ago   ·  2
Jeanette HibpshmanWow! That looks FUN!1 week ago   ·  2
Jamie Boyer-MilcarekGreat picture! =0)1 week ago   ·  2
Judy BirchlerIf this picture doesn't make you happy you've got a problem!1 week ago   ·  3
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