Chelsea Montgomery, Minnesota

Chelsea Montgomery, Minnesota

Chelsea is based at KMIC, Crystal Airport in Minneapolis, MN. She is from Bloomington, MN and just got her PPL with Club Cherokee! She is attending ATP Flight School in Mesa, AZ to further her flight training. Aircraft flown: Piper Archer, Piper Warrior Dream taildragger: J-3 Cub! Why I love taildraggers: I have heard that learning to land them is challenging but rewarding....

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....

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!...

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!...

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!...

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....

Hannah Strausz (Kansas)

Hannah Strausz (Kansas)

Hannah Strausz is based at 47K, Moundridge Municipal Airport, Moundridge, Kansas. I am an 18 year old girl who got involved in aviation about 4 years ago. I recently graduated high school but started an aviation club as a senior project. My goal is to become a pilot as soon as possible. Aircraft flown: I haven’t landed anything yet but have been given rides in B17, T6, T28, Citabria, Cessna 140, Cessna 182, Cessna 180, and Cherokee 140. Dream Taildragger: Cessna 140 Thoughts on taildraggers: They’re the best!...

Rosemarie Surette (Illinois)

Rosemarie Surette (Illinois)

Rosemarie Surette is based at 05C, Griffith-Merrillville Airport, Griffith, Indiana. I really love flying and meeting female pilots. I got hooked on taildraggers in Alaska and now own a C180. I am so excited to meet you all especially since you fly taildraggers and I’m sure I have a lot to learn from you. Ratings: Instrument and Commercial ASEL, AMEL, ASES Aircraft flown: C140, C152, C170, C172, C180, C182, C206, C20, PA30R, PA32, PA28, PA23, PA34R, 8KCAB, A-20, M7 Dream taildragger: C170 with float kit and 0-300 in it! Why I love taildraggers: You never stop flying them!...

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