Deb McFarland (Georgia)

Deb McFarland flies a 1948 Luscombe 8E named “Lester” and is based at Pickens County Airport, JZP, in Jasper, Georgia.

Deb & her Luscombe

I started flying in 1997 as an empty nester because I was tired of being an airport widow. My husband, Henry, has been a pilot for 35 years and has owned his Luscombe 8A, Lucy, for nearly that long. I have about 1600 hours flight time now with most of them in Lester, my 1948 Luscombe 8E. We have a great airport gang (The Front Porch Gang) at our base airport, Pickens County Airport, JZP, in Jasper, Georgia. For years, Henry and I flew to fly-ins and events together, but that has changed somewhat since we inherited our niece, Keely. Flying is second nature to her since she has never known anything else, but we have to adjust our travels around school now.

Deb McFarland's 1946 Luscombe 8E

Henry is a P.E. with the USDA and will retire at the end of the year. He is also an A&P, IA. In one way it’s nice to have my own personal IA. On the other, he uses his position to get lots of home-cooked meals and foot rubs. I guess it’s a fair trade. I have been an aviation columnist since 1995, first for The Southern Aviator and now for the General Aviation News.

That’s the McFarland clan in a nut shell!

N45863 1946 Luscombe 8A, his
N1347B 1948 Luscombe 8E, hers
N71532 1946 Luscombe 8A, Keely’s
N2137C 1954 Cessna 195B, Restoring

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1 Comment

  1. Steve Gilger
    November 6, 2009, 6:24 pm   /  Reply

    Deb, I am a proud Luscombe owner(july 09), and everyone is trying to get me to convert to hyd brakes. Do you have any advice/info for me? Love the 8E, anddont want to mess it up!!!Steve

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