Raquel Labastida, Florida

Raquel Labastida, Florida

Raquel is based at FLL, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is currently a flight attendant but recently has become very interested in changing roles and becoming a pilot! She says she talks with the pilots that she works with all the time and they keep encouraging her to get her PPL. Once she did the introductory flight she fell in love with flying and now she is currently in the process of finding schools/CFIs and scholarships to help pay for it. Aircraft flown: Cessna 150 Dream taildragger: Bellanca 14-13 Raquel says, “I am excited to be a part of this women in aviation group and can’t wait to meet other women with the same passion!”...

Jodie Gawthrop, Indiana

Jodie Gawthrop, Indiana

Jodie is based at KUMP, Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport inIndianapolis, Indiana. She is a 19-year-old private pilot-turned-aircraft mechanic with an affinity for anything that flies. While she says she didn’t grow up in a flying family, she stumbled into aviation on her own after her first airplane ride at 13. She fell in love with the exhilarating freedom of flight, and it’s something she enjoys sharing with others. Through maintenance, she’s discovered that it’s all the more gratifying to fly when you can understand and appreciate how every component on the aircraft operates. Jodie says, “Flying is even more fun with friends from all walks of life, and the aviation community is incredibly supportive.” Jodie has a penchant for piston engines and a passion for warbirds. Roaring radial engines, mighty V12s, and the birds they power have always fascinated her; she hopes to do everything she can to keep ‘em flying. When not around airplanes, Jodie can be found flying and chasing hot air balloons around central Indiana. Aircraft flown: 7GCBC & 7KCAB Citabria, 7AC Champ, 8KCAB Decathlon, C-162, C-172, C-182, PA-24, PA-28, Extra 300 Dream taildragger: A polished Cessna 195, one of the classiest aircraft ever! Why I love taildraggers: I love taildraggers because there’s something particularly beautiful about flying a fabric-covered airplane from a grass strip. It’s a nod to aviation’s roots, and these aircraft never fail to make me smile....

Karina Skinner, Massachusetts

Karina Skinner, Massachusetts

Karina is based at IB9, Mansfield Municipal Airport in Mansfield, Massachusetts. She is a student pilot with a tailwheel endorsement. She began to learn about planes when she was 8 years old. After that, she would read and watch almost anything she could about WW2 planes (mostly the fighters and pursuit planes). Karina decided that she wanted to learn how to fly. Two years ago her older sister got a flying lesson. Karina says, “I asked my mom if I could also go up. Two years later, I’m still flying and learning.” Aircraft flown: Sport Cruiser (CRUZ) , Warrior PA28-151, Cherokee PA28-140, Cessna 172, Citabria 7GCBC Dream taildragger: A Republic P-47 Thunderbolt or maybe an F4U Corsair! Why I love taildraggers: They are such a joy to fly in! They are able to do different landings unlike nosewheel planes and it’s a different experience flying in a tailwheel! They are fun to take off in and learn about, especially when you are sitting in the pilot’s seat getting the first-hand experience....

Kimberly Jane Olsen, Australia

Kimberly Jane Olsen, Australia

Kimberly is based at YSCN, Camden Airport in Camden, New South Wales, Australia. She says she is mostly a glider pilot these days. In fact, she is an L2 Gliding Instructor (CFI). But Kimberly flew taildraggers long before you needed an endorsement! She flew a Mudry CAP10 for military selection. Aircraft flown: Mudry CAP10, CT4, C172, C152, PA28, Skyfox Gazelle, Quicksilver Dream taildragger: Stinson 108 Why I love taildraggers: They are real airplanes 🙂...

Elizabeth Hawley, Texas

Elizabeth Hawley, Texas

Elizabeth is based at Kickapoo Downtown Airport in Wichita Falls, TX. (Wouldn’t you love to say that airport name every time on final? It just makes me smile!) Elizabeth says, “The joy of flight came to me when I was almost fifty by way of my husband. He introduced me to it and I have not stopped flying. We live in North Texas where the weather is fair for most of the year, giving me the opportunity to fly year-round. My other passion is photography, and practicing both makes me feel like I’m in Heaven.” She holds an IFR rating. Aircraft flown: Cherokee 180, Cessna 150, Bonanza A36, Bonanza V35B, Citabria Bellanca, Luscombe 8F. Dream taildragger: Luscombe 8F Why I love taildraggers: Taildraggers engage every muscle in your body when you take off, cruise, and land. They make you tell them what to do, and in this way, it’s the closest I’ve been to flying an airplane....

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!...

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