‘Central’ Gals

Carol Walker     (Texas)

Carol Walker (Texas)

Carol Walker is based at KJWY, Mid-Way Regional Airport, Midlothian/Waxahachie, Texas. Twenty six years ago I learned how to fly in tailwheel aircraft (Citabria and Champ) in Kutztown, PA. Ever since then I have made my living as a flight instructor and I presently own a school south of Dallas, TX where we teach exclusively in tailwheel airplanes and gliders. My husband Pete and I have a stable of... Read More »

Linda Lovley     (Minnesota)

Linda Lovley (Minnesota)

Linda Lovley is based at MN67, Sky Park Airport, Lydia, Minnesota. My husband Forrest’s love for flying, his expertise, and his passion for old airplanes brought me into the taildragger world. I learned to fly in our Piper Cub PA-11. Forrest and I have two sons, Vaughn and Matt who also learned to fly in the same PA-11. We are a family of taildragger pilots. Our sons’ first airplane ri... Read More »

Ila Moses-King     (Texas)

Ila Moses-King (Texas)

Ila Moses-King is based at KDAL, Dallas Love Field Airport, Dallas, Texas. Here’s some “new plane” info sent in by Ila. Can’t wait to see the pictures! Just an update! I have a new plane, a Globe Swift, no pictures as of yet. It was my father’s but he is 89 and just gave it to me as a gift. I hope to be flying it soon but it needs work now.  I hope to start participat... Read More »

Peggy Bates     (Minnesota)

Peggy Bates (Minnesota)

Peggy Bates is based at KFBL, Faribault Municipal Airport, Faribault, Minnesota. I learned in our 1940 Aeronca TC65. It started it’s life with a 55 hp engine. It now has a 90 hp engine. I have about 250 hrs in it. I flew it once to AAA fly-in in Blakesburg. We won several awards that year. Our other Airplane is a 450 hp Stearman. Read More »

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 »

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