Marion Love is based at NY94, Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, Rhinebeck, NY.

Growing up on the rocky runway of a true Flying Circus, Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome, shaped my belief in “what’s possible.” It took me awhile into adulthood to realize how many capabilities were formed at the airport: you can fix anything, you can harness the forces of nature, you can learn anything from scratch, you can engage interesting people from all over the world, you can build on the wisdom of geniuses, and it’ll be really fun!

1960’s

The flying culture put girls in the thick of it, “all hands to the planes.” That made a great foundation for my work and adventures. Now I hope we can give more “young types” the thrill of aviation, with more open gates to fun-flying.

Marion and her Funk with private pilot check-pilot, Lowell


Ratings: Private, Tailwheel Endorsement

Aircraft flown: 1946 Funk B85C-12H, Aeronca Champ, Cessnas (172, 150, 152, 210).

Funk owned by Marion until 2006, now resides in Indiana.

Dream Taildragger: So many, how can one choose?

Thoughts on taildragging: There’s a sensation of free-flying in a “rag and tube” taildragger. Every bit of the elements around you gives a thrill, from the bumpy ground before the tail lifts, to the release as the wheels lift, to the tight turns and the wind influence aloft. Landings are like tip-toeing onto the ground again.

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