Free hotdogs & chips at KDKB, De Kalb Airport, Illinois on my way back home.

Thoughts of “NO, you can’t make me go home!” were on my mind this morning as I walked to my Decathlon from the AirVenture Bus Arrival Terminal. I’d just checked out of my Gruenhagen dorm room at the University of Wisconsin OSH, one day after returning there late-night and finding a padlock on my door for non-payment. Note to self, get your dates straight or eviction is imminent.

Lynn OJala and her Christen Eagle

When it comes to “All good things must come to an end”, as much as I don’t want to believe it, even this one-of-a-kind, annual event must end. Today, for me, was that day. There are so many amazing things packed into one short week at AirVenture it’s a shame we have to say goodbye.

My Decathlon and I are back home tonight, after spending 8 ridiculously fun days at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. It was crazy busy with gillions of things to see, thousands of people to talk to and an incredible variety of taildraggers to take in. I am tickled to have reconnected with so many lady taildragger pilots and met so many gals who love to fly taildraggers.

Wednesday at AirVenture focused on women pilots, still a mere 6% of the pilot population. This panel of ladies spoke Wednesday evening at Theatre in the Woods and all attendees couldn’t help but be inspired. Me #1! Awesome job Lorraine Morris and Eileen Borjkman!
Many thanks to Ray Johnson for his tremendous support of LadiesLoveTaildraggers this week at AirVenture.
The Ladies for Liberty singing Troupe performed all week at Vintage In Review with Ray and on EAA Radio.
Our LadiesLoveTaildraggers’ Vintage in Review program was pretty fantastic this year. We had a blast talking to our three lady taildragger featured pilots and plenty of other ladies who came out to support us.
Thank you to Kate Kyer for showing off her C180 in Vintage with us. Kate is an international UPS captain who also flies air shows in her Pitts S2B. Kate’s fantastic!

I’m guessing Tamara Griffith fooled the crowd with her highly modified 1956 Piper Super Cub. Her bird met the criteria for Vintage and proves a good air-frame can take you reliably into the future.
When it comes to media, this Piper J-3 Cub may have been the most sought after airplane in Vintage on LadiesLoveTaildraggers day.
Let’s hear from you. Who is this famous aerobatic pilot who happened to sit next to me at Wednesday’s Ladies Luncheon?
We’re just two of the hundreds (or were we thousands) of lady pilots poised for our photo Wednesday for the group photo?!
It’s fun to see our new mommies – and their babies!
Thursday’s Vintage in Review Program with Mert Rose, Susan Dusenbury and Ray Johnson
And many thanks to those who attended Boyd and my Friday, Forum 1, Flight Around the Rim presentation. We had a great time showing off our 6 week Rim flight and hope we encouraged a few pilots to do the same!

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