Masie Veal is based at KRBL, Red Bluff Municipal Airport (her back yard), Red Bluff, California.

Masie Veal

“I am 16 years old and love our J-3 Cub. I soloed on my birthday and want to go on to get my commercial pilots license. I lost my brother last year in a plane crash and he had soloed in the same J-3 nine years earlier.”

My 1st Solo

“I love flying taildraggers and would love to have a Stearman some day. We have lots of pilots in our family WingsAndRods.com . Masie Veal”

It’s amazing how much fun you can have in 22 seconds! Check out Masie learning to fly a Cub.

I’m not sure who looks happier, grandpa, Masie or dad!

1st solo; grandfather Bob Veal, Masie Veal & instructor and dad Jeff Veal

From the Red Bluff Daily News; “My brother was 16 when he soloed in the same plane,” Masie Veal said. “When I saw that, I just really wanted to do that, too.”

Scott Veal had planned on watching his sister perform her solo, but he died Sept. 2, 2011 in a mid-air plane crash in Alaska.

“In the last conversation I had with her brother, he was excited about her flying,” their father Jeff Veal said. “He had wanted to be here to see her fly.”

Just 19 days after Scott’s passing, their mother, Lorry Veal, died of an undetermined natural cause.

After her mother passed away, there was a moment when they had to re-evaluate the possibility of performing the flight, Jeff Veal said.

It was not that Masie wanted to give up, but it was more about the time frame of getting it done on her birthday.

“We wondered if it was going to be hard to get back on the plane, but it really became a healing process for us,” he said.

Jeff Veal, a pilot for the state Department of Fish and Game and a flight instructor, taught both his children how to fly.

He learned it from his father.

“It’s fun and neat to have that connection,” Jeff said. “It’s a common ground that we have.”

Jeff, Bob and Scott all worked on restoring the vintage 1947 Piper J-3 Cub that Masie and her brother soloed in. She also wore the same leather jacket that Scott wore when he soloed.

“Even though I really wanted to do it, that added some sentimental value,” Masie said.

More at Red Bluff Daily News Article by Tang Lor

 

 

2 Comments

  1. Lisa Martin
    May 2, 2012, 10:34 am   /  Reply

    What an accomplishment, and emotional obstacles to overcome too. Your quite a gal. I have Rods n Wings! Good book.

  2. Steve
    May 1, 2012, 11:03 am   /  Reply

    Happy Birthday Masie. Congratulations on your solo. Your family did a beautiful restoration on your Cub, the perfect airplane for every new pilot’s first flight. Being aviators themselves they must be very proud of your accomplishment.
    Best of luck with your continuing flight training. Hopefully on your next birthday you will earn your private pilots certificate.
    Listen to your instructors and practice safe flying skills and in the future be sure to pass along your love of flying to your children.
    So very sorry to read of your mom and your brother’s passing. They’ll both be celebrating in Heaven all of your life’s accomplishments and joys.

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