‘Central’ Gals

Shalyn (Shay) Applegate     (Missouri)

Shalyn (Shay) Applegate (Missouri)

Shalyn (Shay) Applegate is based at 15MO, Applegate Airport, Queen City, Missouri. Flying has always been in my blood. Both my grandfather and grandmother were pilots, as well as my father and my mother. I actually live on an airport. With flying always being such a part of my life, becoming a pilot was just the next step. When I first started learning to fly at age 18, my father was insistent tha... Read More »

Tammie Searles     (Texas)

Tammie Searles (Texas)

Tammie Searles is based at T82, Gillespie County Airport, Fredericksburg, Texas. “Me holding the keys to my new plane!” I just moved to Texas (T82) from Cali (E16). Next week my husband and I are flying (commercially) to SJC to jump in our own airplanes and fly them back here to Texas. I’m excited to fly my Citabria N1926G that far. It will be the longest cross-country for me. Ev... Read More »

Joyce Wilson     (Texas)

Joyce Wilson (Texas)

Joyce Wilson is based at 4O4, Bogata, Texas. I’ve been flying for just over 7 years and am an instrument rated private pilot. I just got a 2005 Aviat Husky A1-B this year and built a 1200′ grass strip on our ranch. As a friend of mine said, it’s a little tight but it will keep the amateurs out.  :-). I wanted to learn on a stick and rudder taildragger to help make me a better ove... Read More »

Debra DuBois-Brinker    (Arkansas)

Debra DuBois-Brinker (Arkansas)

Debra DuBois-Brinker is based at 67AR, Wedington Woods Airport, Fayetteville, Arkansas.  I am a private pilot soon to be working on my tailwheel certification. My husband and I have two taildraggers, a 46 Aeronca Champ and a 46 Globe Swift. We live on a grass strip and love the sound of airplanes in our backyard!  I grew up in Ottumwa, Iowa where the Antique Airplane Association originally used to... Read More »

Haley Gustafson     (Illinois)

Haley Gustafson (Illinois)

Haley Gustafson is based at C77, Poplar Grove Airport, Illinois. Haley Gustafson is a young Tailwheel pilot whose dad just checked her out in the family Champ. Haley soloed in a Cessna 152 at 16 then began taking tailwheel instruction from Dad. May 30,2014, she received her Tailwheel Endorsement and soloed the family 1946 Aeronca Champ at the Poplar Grove Airport!   Read More »

Kate Kyer     (Texas)

Kate Kyer (Texas)

Kate Kyer is based at 4TX3 Forest Hill Airport, Petty, Texas. My husband and I live on our little farm with a runway in North Texas. We have a rule that any airplane living here must have a tailwheel. I’ve been a taildragger pilot for most of my aviation days. Lots of BE-18 time, flying newspapers back in the 80s, towing gliders in a Citabria, etc. We’ve owned a Pitts S-2B for 16 years... Read More »

Kathy Wurst     (Tennessee)

Kathy Wurst (Tennessee)

Kathy Wurst is based at KGCY, Greeneville-Greene County Airport, Greeneville, TN. I’m learning to fly in a 1945 Piper J3C-65 Cub. I like taildraggers because they fly low and slow. Much like life, it’s all about the journey, not the destination.   Read More »

Mary Nolan     (Tennessee)

Mary Nolan (Tennessee)

Mary Nolan is based at 2M8, Charles W. Baker Airport, Millington, Tennessee. I’m a FedEx MD-11 pilot who’s been flying Taildraggers all my life. My latest thrill is a Super Decathlon. Tail wheels are so much more fun to fly!! Read More »

Karen Kalishek     (Wisconsin)

Karen Kalishek (Wisconsin)

Karen Kalishek is based at KGRB, Austin Straubel International Airport, Green Bay, Wisconsin. I began flying at the mid-century mark, got bitten by the aviation bug and have become increasingly passionate about flying over the past 8 years. Only a few weeks into lessons I discovered a deep attraction for antique aircraft and earned my tailwheel endorsement with ink still wet on the private pilot l... Read More »

Amanda Marrot     (Texas)

Amanda Marrot (Texas)

Amanda Marrot is based at KDWH, David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport, Houston, Texas. Hi, I am Amanda. I am an Englishwoman in Tx. I hold a Commercial license, both Single and Multi engine plus Instrument. I have flown a Super Decathlon @ Harvey& Rhin Aviation and completed primary in a couple of IAC comps since discovering aerobatics last year. Since then I have trained in a Pitts S2A and S2B, ... Read More »

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