Kelly McDonald Lucente  (Nevada)

Kelly McDonald Lucente (Nevada)

Kelly McDonald Lucente is from Las Vegas, Nevada, attended Embry-Riddle/FL-AZ and works for Monarch Sky at North Las Vegas Airport (KVGT). * * *...

Two of the Stewarts at “Red Stewart Airfield”

Two of the Stewarts at “Red Stewart Airfield”

Kim Stewart from Red Stewart Airport, Waynesville, Ohio (40I) forwarded this little note and pictures. “Hello, I have attached two pics for your website and FB. Great idea to have a “Ladies Love Taildraggers” website!” From their website, Red Stewart Airfield is a family owned and operated grass field. The airport and the Stewart family are dedicated to the preservation of grass roots aviation and the more basic “stick and rudder” skills that are slowly being lost. Sara manages the family business, Stewarts Aircraft Service. “I should try to get a group photo of all the women that fly at 40I, we have quite a few!! Thanks, Kim Stewart”  Kim,  you  are absolutely right – we would love to have pictures of all the taildragging gals at Red Stewart!  We’ll be looking for them!!!  Judy...

Marla Simon Boone   (Ohio)

Marla Simon Boone (Ohio)

Marla Simon Boone flies a Waco (and more) and is based at Troy Skypark Airport (37I), Troy, Ohio. I enjoy flying anything, but especially love my straightwing WACO.  I also fly a tailwheel Colt and a Pacer.  I am a CFII and hold SEL, SES, MEL ratings as well as advanced and instrument ground instructor ratings. I also am an A&P mechanic.  I enjoy restoring antique aircraft....

Thank heaven for Daylight Savings Time!!

I Love Daylight Savings Time!!  I Love The Governor of Indiana for tirelessly pushing for Daylight Savings Time!! OK, this is really Old news now and nobody outside of Indiana really cares but I, for one, get a kick out of watching the clock get later and later while the sun keeps on shining!   And what do I do with all that extra daylight……… Same thing Terri Hull does in her Cessna 140! It took more than 2 dozen attempts that drug on for years but  in 2005 it finally passed the legislature and in 2006 it became law – Eastern Daylight Savings Time finally arrived in Indiana!  It barely squeaked through the state legislature but they really did got the job done.  So now, I can have extra hours to…. spend more time in my  Champ! Looks good from any altitude…….. Hope you’re getting out there and enjoying yourself too!...

Chelsea Engberg  (California)

Chelsea Engberg (California)

Chelsea Engberg is based at Mesa Del Rey Airport, (KKIC) King City, California. I’m a CFI and MEI focusing on aerobatics now. I typically fly an Extra 300L and sometimes a Pitts S2C and S2B. I also have opportunity to fly a J3 Cub and am in the process of selling a Cubcrafters Sport Cub for my company. I think taildraggers are the best aircraft out there and am absolutely enthralled with aerobatics. I decided about 4 years ago that I wanted to dedicate my life to aerobatics and am working towards my goals of becoming a full-time aerobatic instructor and airshow pilot. I spend almost every waking moment at airports and every dime goes towards training…what can I say…I’m in love! My job includes flight instruction & managing of a flight school, ferrying an airshow team’s ride Extra 300L around the country along with lots of other odds and ends! I love meeting people who love flying and introducing those who haven’t gotten the bug yet to our wonderful world! *...

Michaele Aldridge   (Indiana)

Michaele Aldridge (Indiana)

I am Michaele Aldridge. I live on a small grass strip here in Central Indiana (8I3) along with my husband and 2 children.  I enjoy aerobatic flying but also just a joy ride in a Cub once in a while. I am a private pilot and my husband flies airshows with a surface waiver. I don’t get a lot of flying time in these days as I homeschool our 2 children but I still love taildraggers. Through the years we’ve owned a Citabria, Super Decathlon, Clipped Wing Cub (Acrotrainer built by the Wag Aero factory is a prototype) and a Super Chipmunk currently.  Living on our small field I see all sorts of interesting flying things come by and really enjoy every one!  I am a member of IAC Chapter 124 and our local EAA chapter....

Amy Gesch   (Wisconsin)

Amy Gesch (Wisconsin)

Amy Gesch is based at Hartford Municipal Airport (HXF) , Hartford, Wisconsin and flies a J3 Cub. From Amy:  “I love the site idea, it’s awesome!  Feel free to cut my “about me” down . . . I just started rambling and it probably sounds a lot like me tooting my own horn. Same on the pictures; I probably have way too many but I do love that little yellow airplane! : )” From Judy; No way Amy, I love ALL your pictures, your excitement, enthusiasm and love for “that little yellow airplane”! I’m Amy, and I think I have an addiction to Cubs (kind of like, “I have a fever . . . and the only prescription is more cowbell!”).  I got my private pilot’s license at 18 in a J-3 (they forced me to fly a 150 to do the VOR tracking and unusual attitude recoveries), and became a sport pilot CFI in the J-3 last year.  I’m currently an even 20 years of age, applying for scholarships like mad to get my instrument rating to become a full-fledged CFI. “My” Cub, which truly belongs to my former flight instructor (who will always be my flight instructor), is 21Y, and she is my best friend.  I got to take her to school with me for 3 weeks last spring (yes, that is good for cool points), and I drained my carefully guarded savings account, putting 26 hours on the airplane, never with an empty front seat.  Well worth it! We also flew to Lock Haven, PA, for the Sentimental Journey fly-in.  I wrote about that trip on my blog http://aflyingstory.blogspot.com and the story ended up getting published in Plane & Pilot last October!  See http://www.planeandpilotmag.com/pilot-talk/a-flight-ill-never-forget/cross-country-cubbing.html We even somehow won the spot landing contest!   21Y and I also headed to Blakesburg, IA, for the Antique Airplane Association fly-in in 2009 and received the Butler-Brown award for the youngest pilot in a pre-1956 aircraft. 21Y is the cover girl on EAA’s 2010 calendar, and we appeared together on NAFI Mentor magazine’s cover in November 2009.  21Y, my instructor Steve Krog, and I are the picture on the Learn to Fly website (learntofly.org) and I somehow appeared with 21Y in the May 2010 issue of Sport Aviation. I had the privilege of flying a Super Decathlon once and got to do a few loops and rolls (WAY COOL!).  I also have time in a Luscombe. I’m currently working on hosting a Learn to Fly day at my home airport (HXF) where Cub Air, the flight school I learned at/am still learning at/am instructing at is located.  I’m super excited to see some new people come out to learn to fly in the J-3 fleet! Although it’s sort of nerdy, I have calculated that 87.5% of my flying time is in a tailwheel aircraft (I’m looking forward to the 90% mark). 21Y and I may be headed to Lock Haven, finances permitting, but I’m really saving up for the Barnstorming trip (barnstormingmovie.com), which I can’t wait for!  ...

Shannon Gallagher Celebrates first hurdle!

“Betsy” the 65 hp Taylorcraft Some great news from student pilot Shannon Gallagher who is learning to fly in this little yellow Taylorcraft – she just passed her written exam and couldn’t be more excited about it!  That little task is out of the way!  Shannon flies this 65 hp Taylorcraft out of Baker Field (O3M) and wanted us to know how she’s doing. “Just thought I’d let you know I took my written test today at John Tune Airport in Nashville, and passed with flying colors.  I was so wound up going in but they made me feel comfortable and talked with me for a bit before they got down to the brass tacks of the test.  From the way my instructor is talking he will solo me in the next couple lessons,  then it’s on to the cross country stuff.” “Chuck thinks I will have finished up my training by the time you have your fly-in and is encouraging me to go.  He says he’ll come along then rent a car and go to the museum.” “Well I just wanted to give you the news, cause I’m really excited about it, I feel like a giddy school kid.” *********************************** Shannon also sent in this flyer for a May 15 Fly-in Lewis County Fly-in...

Photos from Doolittle Raider Weekend

From Susan Theodoroles, who is flying her 1930 Waco RNF with photographer Tim, along with Pete & Andy in their Wacos… These were such good photos, I wanted to share them… Tim Cox (www.TailHookStudio.com) took these while we were flying around Sunday evening after the Doolittle Raider Weekend. 1930 Waco CRG NC600Y Above, my brother-in-law is flying the 1930 Waco CRG NC600Y (Red and Cream) with the big gnarly 350 super charged Wright engine.  He was about to fall out of the sky flying along with me — and when he pushed the throttle forward, all I could hear was that Wright Engine screaming — drowned out my poor little Warner!  It was great fun! This photo of me I look so serious — but I was really having a great time! LOLOL  I was probably just making sure I wasn’t about to get run over by Pete and Andy! “Don’t run over me, guys!!!” Looking off the wing of the RNF is  a great shot of the grass landing strip at I73.  (By the way, you’re getting a great look at the same airport the Lady Taildraggers Fly-in will be held this summer, Moraine Airpark). Over Moraine Airpark The next photo’s looking back at Andy catching us in the 1934 Waco YKC-S — it wouldn’t take him long to zip past us that’s for sure…but at least I look speedier than he is! “I’m winning – I’m winning!!!” * Many thanks to Timothy Cox for letting us borrow his great Waco pictures!...

Jan Johnson, Citabria 7ECA

Jan Johnson, Citabria 7ECA

Jan Johnson, San Jose, California. I’m relatively new to flying, but have been around airplanes my entire life. I earned my private pilot certificate in October 2009, flying a Piper Cherokee Warrior, then immediately jumped into learning to tame a taildragger. I currently fly a Citabria 7ECA, but am eager to move up to the 7KCAB and eventually the Decathlon. I’m learning aerobatics right now and love it. My goal is to eventually get checked out in the North American AT-6D “Texan” from World War II. I’m also quite fond of the North American P-51 Mustang. Looking forward to meeting some of the other taildragger gals at a future fly-in. Blue skies, Jan Johnson...

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