Kristina Leng (Illinois)

Kristina Leng (Illinois)

Kristina is based at Poplar Grove Airport, in Poplar Grove, IL. Poplar Grove was the site of the 2017 Ladies Love Taildraggers Fly-in. It is home to over 400 aircraft, 200 hangars, and 100 homes complete with runway access! Many of the kind and generous pilots living there opened their homes and hangars to visiting lady taildraggers. Kristina is a student pilot whose hobbies include travelling, ice hockey, yoga, and eating vegetables! She started her aviation journey on June 9, 2019 and is loving every minute of it. She says, “I’m happy to be a part of such a wonderful community full of amazing lady pilots.” Aircraft flown: Piper Cub, Cessna 152, Cessna 172 Dream Taildragger: RV-14...

Angie Miller (Illinois)

Angie Miller (Illinois)

Angie is based at St Louis Downtown Airport, in Cahokia/St Louis, IL. She is currently a student pilot who was approaching her 50th birthday and decided to finally follow her dream of becoming a pilot. As this time, she’s just within a few weeks of earning her license. Aircraft flown: C172R and C172S Dream taildragger: Kelly’s “Fifinella”! Why I love taildraggers: Well, I love my friend Kelly who has a taildragger!...

India Meyer (Massachusetts)

India Meyer (Massachusetts)

India is based at 7B2, Northampton Airport, in Northampton, MA. She is currently a student pilot who had never thought about flying until several years ago, when she watched biplanes doing aerobatics as she was climbing in Red Rock Canyon in Nevada. She says she was instantly captivated and that spark stuck around. For her 21st birthday, her mother bought an intro flight for her at the local airport in Northampton, MA. India says, “Boy was I hooked! It took me another year to fly again, this time in Salt Lake City where I lived the past two years. After lots of on and off due to lack of funds, I have spent the past 6 weeks back in the air, where I belong. I am back in Massachusetts temporarily until I finish up my PPL. I currently have 30 hours total time and am preparing for my first solo flight shortly.” India had the pleasure of taking a flight in a gorgeous Stearman E-75 recently and it was her first tailwheel flight. She thinks that it’s pretty remarkable to feel it all come full circle from that day watching biplanes that set her on the path she’s on today. India is excited to finish up her PPL and move on to instrument rating as well as receiving tailwheel training. Aircraft flown: C172, C152, PA-141, Stearman E-75 Dream taildragger: Super Cub Why I love taildraggers: India writes, “I think I’ve always been drawn to taildraggers because of the accessibility it allows. I’ve been a rock climber for the last 8 years and the pursuit has taken me to many remote places across the country. It’s hard not to imagine flying myself and others out to these beautiful places that most people don’t get the privilege of visiting in their lifetime. A dream of mine is to fly a float plane out to an area called the Cirque of the Unclimbables in the Northwest Territories of Canada to climb the Lotus Flower Tower.”...

Brittany Phillippe (Oregon)

Brittany Phillippe (Oregon)

Brittany is based at KBDN, Bend Municipal Airport, in Bend, OR. She’s 23 years old and although she just started flying a year ago, she already has her PPL and IFR! She says she found her passion for aviation about two years ago and has been loving every minute ever since. Brittany just finished her tailwheel endorsement and got her spin endorsement at the same time. She says, “Flying taildraggers is the most fun I’ve had in a long time!” She is currently about 50 hours into her commercial training, and has close to 160 hours total time. She plans to get her CFI after finishing commercial and instruct for a bit. She then hopes to fly charter to get to the 1500 hour mark and fly for Horizon, eventually moving up to Alaska Air. Aircraft flown: Cessna 172, Cessna 150, Cessna 120, Piper Cherokee, Piper Archer Dream taildragger: CubCrafters XCub Why I love taildraggers: Taildraggers are so fun! The maneuverability and ability to land anywhere make them so appealing to me. I love being adventurous: hiking and camping. So to add flying into the mix and being able to land anywhere and explore is incredible to me....

Electra Bullard (Texas)

Electra Bullard (Texas)

Electra is based at KINK, Winkler County Airport, in Wink, TX where her family owns and operates Fandango Air FBO. She is a 16 year old student pilot who soloed at 16 in a Maule. She will do her checkride for her PPL on 10/10/19, her 17th birthday. Electra’s family owns a Maule M5 180C, which she flies along with a 1956 Cessna 180 that her dad flies, and a 1959 Cessna 182B which belongs to her grandfather. Aircraft flown: Maule M5 180CCessna 180Cessna 182Maule M4 220Maule MXT 7 180 Dream taildragger: Beech 18 Why Electra loves taildraggers: They are much more challenging to fly!...

Greta Liebeler (Virginia)

Greta Liebeler (Virginia)

Greta is based at KPSK, New River Valley Airport, in Dublin, VA, although her heart remains in her home airport KSZP, Santa Paula Airport, CA where she learned to fly. There she earned her tailwheel endorsement, completed Emergency Maneuver Training, and started flying basic aerobatics. She has relocated to Blacksburg, VA for school, looking for as many opportunities as possible to fly tailwheel on the east coast. Aircraft flown: Citabria, Decathlon, Super Decathlon, Pitts S-2B, C-150, C-152, C-182, C-172 Dream taildragger: Pitts S-2B and a Cessna 180 Greta says, “I love taildraggers because of the feeling you get when you grease a wheel landing. Also, all the aerobatic planes I have flown have been taildraggers.”...

Deborah Shuman (Wisconsin)

Deborah Shuman (Wisconsin)

Deborah is based at Mauston-New Lisbon Union Airport, New Lisbon, Wisconsin. She has approximately 3500 hours and was a Basic Flight Instructor for about 10 years. She also did crop dusting. She just loves to fly whenever she can. She was the founding secretary of her EAA chapter. Her runway and the runway at Volk Field Air National Guard Base are 1.5 miles apart. She says she works with the tower there and jet traffic all the time. Volk Field is class D airspace when they are open. So flying is always only done with contacting the tower. Many times there are jets in the air so coordination with the tower and the jets is essential when departing or returning for landing. Her turn for base is only several hundred feet from KVOK’s runway. Deborah states, “They are amazing to work with.  They work with you to shoot ILS’s and love to watch you do fly bys when they are not busy. It is amazing to fly with the jets and watch them train all the time.” Deborah has a 24-7 air show.  She says that it is amazing living where she lives and flying with the guys that keep her freedom safe so that she is able to fly as she does.  Aircraft flown: Challenger II, Quicksilver MXL, MXL II SPORT, Cessna 150, Mooney, Cherokee, Aeroprakt, Cub, Taylorcraft. Dream taildragger: I just love them all!...

Morgan Murphey (Tennessee)

Morgan Murphey (Tennessee)

Morgan is based at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, TN. She has been flying since she was in diapers, soloed at sixteen, private pilot’s license at seventeen, all with her father as her instructor flying from a 1700 foot grass strip her dad made on their farm. She went to college at Middle Tennessee State University for Criminal Justice (to become a lawyer for sexual assault victims) and Aerospace. It was not until after college she realized that she was going to be a professional pilot. It was her pride and joy. She landed an awesome gig flying for Go Fly TV and her job was basically to get her Instrument Rating while being filmed for a documentary. It was one of the best experiences she had ever had. Currently she is a corporate pilot out of TYS with the same burning passion she has always kept for flying. She is a big trail runner, backpacker, animal lover, vegetarian, festival goer, wine enthusiast, and traveler. She loves the outdoors and meeting new people. She has little fear other than not living her life to the best of her ability. She says that she has been lucky that she truly has never cared what the world was trying to make her to be and just be who she is: a damn female pilot with no knowledge of the word “can’t”! Aircraft flown: Cessna: 150, 152, 172, 175, Cardinal 177RG, 182, 310, Citation Mustang, and Citation XKing Air: 90, 200, 250, 350Piper Super Cub, Piper Cherokee 180, Diamond DA 40, Cirrus Vision Jet, Cirrus SR 22, Mx 7 Maule, Twin Baron, Premier RA 390, Cardinal 177RG182, 310, Citation Mustang, and Citation XKing Air: 90, 200, 250, 350Piper Super Cub, Piper Cherokee 180, Diamond DA 40, Cirrus Vision Jet, Cirrus SR 22, Mx 7 Maule, Twin Baron, Premier RA 390 Dream taildragger: P-51 Mustang with a man posed on the side in skimpy clothing! Why I love taildraggers: Because it’s real flying fun, you can’t stop flying this plane, you cannot stop working at it. Well that is my Maule at least… I flew a Super Cub and it was easy and just “plane” fun. I love how they can take off and land in such short distances and, let’s be honest, they are all beautiful. Plus it doesn’t matter how short you are because absolutley no one can actually see over the cockpit of a taildragger. Keep in mind these are my opinions in the taildraggers I have been in. I’m sure there is plenty that is different out there from what I have said!! I just love the pure look of shock on people’s faces when they are saying, “WHY would you work so hard to fly?” I just always say, “Why not!”...

Laura Geraghty (California)

Laura Geraghty (California)

Laura is based at KMYF, Montgomery-Gibbs Executive Airport in San Diego, CA.  Laura is originally from Ireland. She moved here when she turned 20 to become a pilot. Her father is an American citizen so she had an easy time getting a green card. This was great because she says she couldn’t have made it to PPL in Ireland as it’s even more expensive. She worked as a dispatcher for six years in a very busy FBO while she worked on her private licence. A couple years after her private, she worked as a camera operator in aerial survey. She says she’s easy going and always up for some fun! Ratings: Private, High Performance Aircraft Flown: C172, C150, C182, C206, Be36T, SR22, Da42, Da40, Pa28, and M20 Safety pilot a few times Laura’s dream taildragger: Because I have access to a Citabria in my local club I’d have to say that one! of course the Stearman wasn’t too shabby! Laura’s thoughts on tail dragging: I love the laid back culture that tailwheelies epitomize....

Brighton Hutton (Missouri)

Brighton Hutton (Missouri)

Brighton is based at KDWH, David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport, Houston, TX. Brighton is a new pilot and is falling in love with taildraggers. She will be in St. Louis soon and is looking for a good place to fly there. She is between Houston and St. Louis at the moment and would love to meet other women pilots. She is the only girl in her aero clinic and would like to meet women who fly in the St. Louis area. Ratings: I have private, high performance/complex and one hour in a Citabria. Aircraft flown: Bonanza V Tail, Cessna, Piper Warrior, Citabria Brighton’s dream taildragger: Starduster Brighton’s thoughts on tail dragging: It feel like it’s where I belong when I am in the sky....

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