Michelle Messersmith     (Pennsylvania)

Michelle Messersmith (Pennsylvania)

Michelle Messersmith is based at KBVI, Beaver County Airport, Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania. I own a 1955 Cessna 170B (N4491B) with my father. I come from a long line of female pilots, including my mother who has 100’s of hours in the Cessna 170, Cessna 195 and many other cool birds. I have attended EAA AirVenture every year since I was born and am also a member of Women in Aviation. Ratings: Private Pilot Aircraft flown: Cessna 170BCessna 195PA-11 Piper CubNA T-6 Dream taildragger: Owning the T-6 that we had when I was a child...

Diane Kraudelt     (North Carolina)

Diane Kraudelt (North Carolina)

Diane Kraudelt is based at BQ1, Gilliam – Mc Connell Airfield, Carthage, North Carolina.  So you have had a successful career or two and you’re not too young nor ready for an affordable care center, now what? With an airport less than 2 miles away from work, how about an intro ride? At the airport, having never even seen a small GA aircraft, I was a bit, (ha! a lot) hesitant; they sure are small! But I climbed into the left seat of a Cessna 152 and we’re off! I loved the takeoff and was not so thrilled with the straight and level but the view!!! We were just east of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the view! Indescribable! So, why not? I signed up for lessons. Later that same year I’m a Private Pilot and again, now what?By then I had learned flying “under the hood” is not something I was great at but I did love steep turns! Well, tail-wheel lessons seemed doable. So off to another flight school, one with a Super Cub. I had a very experienced instructor who laughed instead of yelled. And let’s not even talk about that first take off; fortunately the grass runway was VERY wide. This wonderful instructor, a former airshow performer with a Pitts, sold his Pitts and purchased a Decathlon which he leased to the flight school. Want to go up? Sure! Better than steep turns!!! I was hooked and purchased my Super Decathlon the next year. The first photo of myself and my plane was taken the day I performed aerobatics solo! My husband took the picture, probably for “just in case!”. I continued advanced training at Potomac Airpark. This is what airplanes are for!! I’ve had my baby for 19 years now and, while I have recently stopped aerobatics, I still fly whenever I can. Ratings: Private pilot Aircraft flown: Cessna 152Cessna 172PA-18 Super CubBellanca DecathlonACA Super Decathlon Dream Taildragger: Super Decathlon Taildragger thoughts: Actually, I think they are easier to land!...

Allison Leeward    (Florida)

Allison Leeward (Florida)

Allison Leeward is based at KCRG, Jacksonville Executive Airport at Craig,  Jacksonville, Florida. I own a little C120 that I love to pop around Florida! Can’t wait to see y’all at SNF! Ratings: Tailwheel and High Performance Aircraft flown: DHC2, Stearman, Piper Cub, Super Cub, Piper Pacer TW 22/20, Kodiak, C3, C120 C140 C150 C172 C185 C182 C170, Lockheed Electra Jr, P51, T6, T34, Baron, Citation Jet, TBM 650, Bonanza, Super Decathlon, Pitts…. that’s all I can think of right now. Dream taildragger: A P51 Thoughts on taildragging: My great grandparents loved taldraggers, my grandparents loved tail staggers, my parents loved taildragger‘s… And I love Taildragger‘s....

Katherine Tryon     (Florida)

Katherine Tryon (Florida)

Katherine Tryon is based at KCRG, Jacksonville Executive Airport, Jacksonville, Florida.  I’ve had a heart for aviation for longer than I understood. My favorite memories from my childhood were when I would lay outside looking up at the airplanes. And before I met my fiance I had expressed a lot of interest in flying. My fiance has been a huge cheerleader for women in aviation and he has given me the tools to succeed. So the past 7 years we’ve traveled the East coast doing as much as possible to immerse me into the world of aviation. I’ve had the opportunity to meet folks like Bob Hoover, Huerta/Ellwell, the Rutan brothers, and so many more who’ve strengthened my love for flying. I even found out it was my uncle who was the building superintendent for the Udvar Hazy! I’m a student pilot and the aircraft I’ve spent the most time in include a WWII L-4, Piper Cub, Taylorcraft, and even an Aircam. 💕 Aircraft flown: L-4 Grasshopper, Piper Cub, Cessna 172/182/150, Aircam, Taylorcraft, Bird Dog! Dream Taildragger: C-47/DC-3 Thoughts on taildragging: Stick and rudder skills; they are beautiful and I love the challenge.  ...

Nano Farabaugh     (Indiana)

Nano Farabaugh (Indiana)

Nano Farabaugh is based at KEKM, Elkhart Municipal Airport, Elkhart, Indiana.  My father was a WWII pilot, airline pilot and FBO owner. My first flight at the controls was in a Cessna when I was 17. In 1967 a dear friend of my father’s landed in our farm field and took me for a “Spin.” I was hooked and asked my dad to let me take flying lessons. To determine if I was serious he asked me to cut my hair. He didn’t want me to take up flying as some teenage lark and kill myself. He didn’t specify how short, so I only cut off a few inches. A few months later he was my first passenger with my newly minted PPL. My next venture was the Cessna aerobat. I loved that plane. Again my dad was my first passenger and asked me to take him back after 30 minutes of performing all the maneuvers I had learned. In the 90’s my dad bought a ultralight/Challenger. I flew it one time and told him I’d never get in it again. I felt completely out of control and was afraid I wouldn’t be able to get her back on the ground. He quickly sold it and bought a 1971 Bellanca Champ. We flew that all over the US in it. We took our time, flying low and slow. Some of our best times together were together in that plane. He told me landing it was harder than landing a DC-3. I inherited the Champ from my dad. I thank God every time I can fly and see the beauty of creation and the sky. I have been a pilot for over 50 years. I must say I’m glad I cut my hair! Ratings: Private, Instrument, Commercial, CFI Aircraft flown: C150, C152 Aerobat, C172, C182, C337Piper Tomahawk, Warrior, Archer, Comanche, CubBellanca Champ (7ACA)Challenger/ultralight Dream taildragger: My Champ Thoughts on taildragging: The freedom that comes from flying it. Here is a video of me flying that a friend who is a professional videographer made.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M32kBoibv3w...

Anne Moore    (Virginia)

Anne Moore (Virginia)

Anne Moore is based at KFRR, Front Royal-Warren County Airport, Front Royal, Virginia.  Like Judy Birchler, I am a Type I diabetic diagnosed 47 years ago when I was 25, after the birth of my first child. I have been on the pump for 22 years. I am a classically trained artist and art educator and have had my own business for many years. I enjoy helping to keep “Kate”, our Cessna 140, clean and well maintained. I’m as old as she is and we keep getting better! I have trained for several hours learning to land from the right seat. Aircraft flown: Piper Cherokee 140, Cessna 140 Favorite Taildragger: Our 1947 Cessna 140, of course! Thoughts on taildragging: I love their classic looks and simplicity....

Jennifer Nelson     (Kentucky)

Jennifer Nelson (Kentucky)

Jennifer Nelson is based at KLOU, Bowman Field, Louisville, Kentucky. Hi! I am a career change pilot currently working on my CFI/CFII. I have never flown a tailwheel, but hope to join in on the thrill soon! Ratings: PPL, Instrument, CSEL, CMEL Aircraft flown: Cessna 172, Piper Archer, Beech Bonanza, Piper Seminole Dream Taildragger: Piper Cub...

Kelsey Hare     (Pennsylvania)

Kelsey Hare (Pennsylvania)

Dream taildragger: A Ruby Red Top Cub!...

Caroline Dougherty     (Pennsylvania)

Caroline Dougherty (Pennsylvania)

Caroline Dougherty is based at 8N1, Grimes Airport, Bethel, Pennsylvania. My entire life has been surrounded by aviation. My dad is a pilot and I grew up on a grass strip with my bedroom window overlooking the runway. I went for my first flight at the age of 2 and as I got older I loved when my dad would let be take the controls of the 1932 Taylor E-2 Cub. I started officially logging my flight time when I was 14, and I was very fortunate to have my dad as my instructor. When my 16th Birthday finally arrived, I made my first solo flight in a 1917 Curtiss Jenny powered by an OX-5 engine. Later that day I also soloed the E-2 Cub. I received my Pilot’s License about a year later and now I am working on my instrument rating. I also have a strong passion for aerobatics with dreams to compete and perform in airshows. My dad has started to teach me aerobatics, and he currently flies airshows in a Christen Eagle, as I travel with him and announce his performance. I am a senior in high school and I plan to major in Aerospace Engineering. My aviation accomplishments have taught me that any dream can be achieved with hard work, and I am excited for what the future will bring! Here is the link to my first solo flight in a 100-year-old Jenny! Ratings: Private Pilot’s License Aircraft Flown:1917 Curtiss Jenny1932 Taylor E-2 CubCessna 195Christen Eagle1930 Great LakesCessna 150 (the wheel is in the wrong spot!)Aeronca ChampCitabriaSuper DecathlonExtra 300LCessna 140Luscome 8AJ-3 CubCulver CadetTaylorcraft BC-12D Dream Taildragger: Extra 330LX...

Jacinta Richards     (Indiana)

Jacinta Richards (Indiana)

Jacinta Richards is based at I80, Noblesville Airport, Noblesville, Indiana. Hi there! I’m a seventeen-year-old who loves being up in the blue sky. I grew up only a mile away from the good ol’ local grass strip airport and I would always see planes in the traffic pattern flying over my house. My first flight was in a Pipistrel Alpha Trainer when I was twelve, and since that day I knew that I was going to be flying for the rest of my life. In 2016, I was very blessed to have been selected as an AOPA high school scholarship winner. That scholarship, as well as the support and generosity of local aviators, allowed me to pursue flight lessons in a 1946 Aeronca Champ. After my first solo, I felt like a whole different person and my sixteen-year-old self knew that there was no going back! I hope to be a private pilot by the summer of 2019. In the meantime, I have been having a blast helping out with local aviation building projects. I can’t wait to get my A&P certificate sometime down the road! My plan is to study Aviation Flight Technology and Professional Flight in college so I can turn my passion into a career. After that, who knows where life will take me? Missionary flying in Africa, piloting corporate jets, or landing on the sides of Alaskan mountains: I’m keeping my options open! However, I do know that I want to share my love of aviation by teaching other aspiring aviators how to fly in tailwheel planes. After all, life is short. If you want it to be sweet, fly taildraggers! Ratings: I’m just a student pilot for now, but hope to change that soon! Aircraft Flown: Aeronca Champ, Cessna 172, Aeronca Chief, Cessna 162 Dream taildragger: Definitely the Boeing-Stearman or Aeronca C-3! Thoughts on taildragging: Tailwheel flying is never boring. Those planes have attitudes, but all the fun you will have is so worth it!...

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