Susan Johnson is based at KTDZ, Toledo Executive Airport, Toledo, Ohio.

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My name is Susan Johnson and I am a Junior attending Bowling Green High School. I am 16. I started to learn to fly this summer and I soloed in a replica of a 1929 Pietenpol Aircamper. I belong to Toledo Buzzards Light Sport Aircraft Club Inc. where we jointly own and take care of the Pietenpol Aircamper.

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The Pietenpol doesn’t have an electrical system or any modern conveniences. I aspire to go to the Naval Academy & major in Aerospace Engineering. After that I plan to became a naval fighter pilot and an astronaut.

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I fly a taildragger because a taildragger makes me the best pilot I can be. Small mistakes, sloppy flying, and laziness become very obvious when learning to fly a taildragger.

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A taildragger doesn’t cover up sloppy flying like nose wheel airplanes do. I am going to do great things and flying a taildragger is going to give me the base to do it. I am going to earn my private pilot’s license when I turn 17 in February.

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It is really cool to have a group dedicated to women flying taildraggers. As women we are a rare breed in aviation so it’s really cool to be able to network and have contact with others that are like myself.

Susan Johnson, KTDZ

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