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‘Central’ Gals

Kelli Hughes     (Texas)

Kelli Hughes (Texas)

Kelli Hughes is based at XA99, Flat Bush Airport, Decatur, Texas. I am an airline captain flying the 767 out of DFW. Thou I do not own a conventional gear bird, that fact doesn’t make me love then less, I love them more! I’ve been at the controls of all sorts of taildraggers – Cessnas, Luscombe, 195, Citabrias, Bellanca and Chuckie way back when going to Oshkosh with Chuckie and ... Read More »

Cheryl Pitzer     (Texas)

Cheryl Pitzer (Texas)

Cheryl Pitzer, KLNC Lancaster Regional Airport, Lancaster, Texas. Hello! For fun, I fly my Husky A1B N444HY – known as “Hell Yeah” by our friends and my husband’s Pitts S2B. We live just NE of the Dallas/ FT Worth area and have a grass strip in our pasture. For work at FedEx I fly the MD-11- known as the “Mad Dog” as a captain and check airman. After starting my... Read More »

Ila Moses-King     (Texas)

Ila Moses-King (Texas)

Ila Moses-King is based at KDAL, Dallas Love Field Airport, Dallas, Texas. Thank you Ila for sending the picture of your new plane. As far as I know, you are the only member of LadiesLoveTaildraggers who owns a Swift. Correct me ladies if I’m wrong! My new plane was my father’s but he is 89 and gave it to me as a gift. It is a project for sure but hopefully I can get it flying next yea... Read More »

Tamara Griffith     (Texas)

Tamara Griffith (Texas)

Tamara Griffith is based at 16X, Propwash Airport, Justin, Texas. I am a second generation female pilot, My mother is retired ATC plus now a DPE and my oldest daughter is also a CFI (so yes 3 generation female flight instructors) and all do fly taildraggers or really anything we can fit into. At GIFT (Girls In Flight Training) we promote helping women achieving their flight training goals. There a... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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