Annabel McSpadden     (Virginia)

Annabel McSpadden (Virginia)

Annabel McSpadden is based at KFDK, Frederick Municipal Airport, Frederick, Maryland. I am a recent college graduate from William & Mary. My dad is my CFI, and last week I soloed in our Super Cub! In August I will start graduate school for counseling psychology. My dream is to complete my PhD and work as a counselor. I also hope to be a CFI part-time, encouraging other women to fly as I have been encouraged. My dad sent me information on LLTD from Oshkosh, and I couldn’t wait to apply! Ratings: Student pilot Aircraft Flown: Super Cub ... Read More »

Peggy Tucker     (Louisiana)

Peggy Tucker (Louisiana)

Peggy Tucker is based at a private airstrip, 68LS, Myrtle Grove Airport, Waterproof, Louisiana across the levee of the Mississippi River. I am married to pilot hubby Doc Charles Tucker and we enjoy aviation together. I’ve been a pilot for 7 years, living in Waterproof, LA, and we own a Texan AT6F, Stearman biplane and a Cessna Skylane. Ratings: Private pilot, Tailwheel endorsement, sea and land Aircraft flown: Cessna 150, 172 and 182, J3 Cub, Citabria, Stearman and AT6 Dream taildragger: P51, of course! Thoughts on taildragging: My husban... Read More »

Lucky to have been where it’s so hard to say goodbye

Lucky to have been where it’s so hard to say goodbye

Like Jim Nabors sang at more than 35 Indianapolis 500 races, I’m “back home in Indiana” after an incredible week at AirVenture. OSH, you continue to be my favorite hello and hardest goodbye.   I’m lucky to have been where it’s so hard to say goodbye. Read More »

Ladies Love Taildraggers Day at Vintage In Review OSH!

Ladies Love Taildraggers Day at Vintage In Review OSH!

Many thanks to Ray Johnson, host of AirVenture’s daily program ‘Vintage in Review’ for declaring today ‘Ladies Love Taildraggers Day’! That’s about as cool as it gets and I assure you, three lady taildragger pilots and their pretty birds represented us well. Today’s participants and LadiesLoveTaildraggers members were: Jan Johnson and her 1945 Stinson (Vultee) L-5/G Sentinel Shalyn Applegate-Marchetti and her family’s 1948 Stinson 108-1 Heather Penney and her 1950 Cessna 170A All three ladies are ... Read More »

Checking in from AirVenture 2018

Checking in from AirVenture 2018

It’s high time I checked in from THE BIG SHOW –  AirVenture 2018! It’s been a crazy-busy couple days since touching down on 36 Right just before they shut down arrivals for the day on Sunday. Instead of Indy, this year my flight to OSH began at Atchison, Kansas where I’d just attended the Amelia Earhart Festival. At Festival end, I found myself there car-less and airplane-less and needing a hero to get me to OSH. Bet you can guess that hero was Boyd flying his RV7! Turns out the 397 n.m. flight, at a true airspeed of 145... Read More »

Amelia Earhart’s Legacy Lives On

Amelia Earhart’s Legacy Lives On

If you have a “thing” about Lockheed Electra’s, Hudson automobiles (that have a surprising history) or the mystery of Amelia Earhart, you just might love this post. This week I had an unexpected treat – spending a few days at the Amelia Earhart festival in Atchinson, Kansas. The Festival is an annual event that celebrates the aviatrix who famously said “When a great adventure is offered to you – you don’t refuse it.” It’s been 81 years since Amelia Earhart accepted that offer and sadly was l... Read More »

Amelia Earhart Festival, Atchison, Kansas

Amelia Earhart Festival, Atchison, Kansas

Hard to believe but true, I am at the Amelia Earhart Festival in Atchison, Kansas. Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum The Amelia Earhart Festival is an annual event that celebrates not only Earhart’s flying career, but also the spirit of adventure she possessed and the determination that took her from Atchison to universal fame and admiration. This year the Festival is celebrating the 90th anniversary of Amelia being the first woman to fly solo, round-trip, across the United States and the first woman to fly across the Atlantic as a passeng... Read More »

AirVenture 2018 ‘LadiesLoveTaildraggers Event Registration’

AirVenture 2018 ‘LadiesLoveTaildraggers Event Registration’

AirVenture (OSH) is the one place on earth not to be missed by lady taildragger pilots. Other than our annual LadiesLoveTaildraggers’ gathering, it’s my favorite fly-in destination of the year. If you’re a lady taildragger pilot, or want to be a taildragger pilot, get yourself to Oshkosh, Wisconsin this July 23 – 29 any way you can! I have THREE fabulous LadiesLoveTaildraggers’ events scheduled at AirVenture 2018 and would love for you to be there for every single one. Registration is required for our Tuesday lunch this year so plea... Read More »

Summer Papple earns her Tailwheel Endorsement!

Summer Papple earns her Tailwheel Endorsement!

Summer Papple was the winner of our LadiesLoveTaildraggers 2018 Tailwheel Endorsement Scholarship with Debby Rihn-Harvey. Based on the great pictures and enthusiastic comments from Summer, Harvey-Rihn Aviation in Texas is an excellent choice for our future lady taildragger pilots. Congratulations to new taildragger pilot, Summer Papple! Wow – what an exceptional experience!  I’ve just spent 4 days earning my tailwheel endorsement in La Porte, Texas!  Thank you Judy Birchler and Ladies Love Taildraggers for this scholarship and the amazing oppor... Read More »

My Frightening Hangar Door

My Frightening Hangar Door

Once again, at my home base, MQJ, an electric bi-fold hangar door came crashing down. For the 3 individuals standing close by, both inside and outside the hangar, it was their lucky day. Had they been walking under the door or pushing their aircraft in or out, it would have been disastrous. I say “again” because hangar doors have fallen at MQJ three times before that I’m specifically aware of, at friends’ hangars. The majority of our t-hangar doors are 41′-6″ wide, bi-fold, and have a door clearance of 11R... Read More »

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