Jodie Gawthrop, Indiana

Jodie Gawthrop, Indiana

Jodie is based at KUMP, Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport inIndianapolis, Indiana. She is a 19-year-old private pilot-turned-aircraft mechanic with an affinity for anything that flies. While she says she didn’t grow up in a flying family, she stumbled into aviation on her own after her first airplane ride at 13. She fell in love with the exhilarating freedom of flight, and it’s something she enjoys sharing with others. Through maintenance, she’s discovered that it’s all the more gratifying to fly when you can understand and appreciate how... Read More »

Karina Skinner, Massachusetts

Karina Skinner, Massachusetts

Karina is based at IB9, Mansfield Municipal Airport in Mansfield, Massachusetts. She is a student pilot with a tailwheel endorsement. She began to learn about planes when she was 8 years old. After that, she would read and watch almost anything she could about WW2 planes (mostly the fighters and pursuit planes). Karina decided that she wanted to learn how to fly. Two years ago her older sister got a flying lesson. Karina says, “I asked my mom if I could also go up. Two years later, I’m still flying and learning.” Aircraft flow... Read More »

Kimberly Jane Olsen, Australia

Kimberly Jane Olsen, Australia

Kimberly is based at YSCN, Camden Airport in Camden, New South Wales, Australia. She says she is mostly a glider pilot these days. In fact, she is an L2 Gliding Instructor (CFI). But Kimberly flew taildraggers long before you needed an endorsement! She flew a Mudry CAP10 for military selection. Aircraft flown: Mudry CAP10, CT4, C172, C152, PA28, Skyfox Gazelle, Quicksilver Dream taildragger: Stinson 108 Why I love taildraggers: They are real airplanes 🙂 Read More »

Elizabeth Hawley, Texas

Elizabeth Hawley, Texas

Elizabeth is based at Kickapoo Downtown Airport in Wichita Falls, TX. (Wouldn’t you love to say that airport name every time on final? It just makes me smile!) Elizabeth says, “The joy of flight came to me when I was almost fifty by way of my husband. He introduced me to it and I have not stopped flying. We live in North Texas where the weather is fair for most of the year, giving me the opportunity to fly year-round. My other passion is photography, and practicing both makes me feel like I’m in Heaven.” She holds an IFR ratin... Read More »

True Story from the LLT Fly-in

True Story from the LLT Fly-in

Reaction: Some stories are worth telling and this one from our LLT fly-in, I believe, is worthy. Let’s cut to the chase so you understand upfront that my reaction to the encounter was dumbfounded astonishment; my jaw dropped and I stared at her in amazement. Musing: I continue to play the short episode in my mind, utterly mystified and wondering where I went wrong. What other words could I have used to more clearly convey my message? The encounter: It takes place at our hotel, actually the front desk of the hotel where most of the LLT att... Read More »

Day 3, LLT Grand Finale!

Day 3, LLT Grand Finale!

Saturday, October 5, 2019: Lordy, ladies, how’d we do all that? (“That” being the mind-boggling amount of activities, fun and great food we crammed into our last day of the LadiesLoveTaildraggers Louisiana Fly-in.) Frankly, I have NO idea how we pulled it off. I do know we started early and finished up late – squeezed way too much into too little time – and had one heck of a good time in the process. 🙂 I’ve been to more than a few pancake breakfasts in my time but few can compare to EAA Chapter 614’s. P... Read More »

Day 2, A Cajun Paradise

Day 2, A Cajun Paradise

With some hopeful planning and a lot of luck, the LadiesLoveTaildraggers Louisiana Fly-in landed smack-dab in the middle of a Cajun paradise, Natchitoches (pronounced “Nack-a-tish”). The local folks are kind and friendly, the small town picturesque and oozing with history, and as expected, full of southern charm.  It’s a hit with the ladies! If there’s one thing you can never plan for it’s the weather. Extreme heat and thunderstorms have been an unwelcome fact but we’ve made it work. A steamy heat wave wouldn’t hav... Read More »

Day 1, LLT Flyin

Day 1, LLT Flyin

Thursday, October 3, 2019: It’s going to take more than crappy weather to crash this LadiesLoveTaildraggers party! There are gals from around the country fighting their way to the LadiesLoveTaildraggers Natchitoches, Louisiana fly-in. Some made it in today, others are in nearby states waiting for improving wx. The weather gods may have planned a showstopper for Day 1 of our fly-in but our ladies are determined, resilient, and smart. They flew when they could, they landed and waited when it was wise, and they keep on coming. Tonight, a lar... Read More »

Life doesn’t get much better than flying a taildragger on a long cross-country.

Life doesn’t get much better than flying a taildragger on a long cross-country.

I have to tell you. Life doesn’t get much better than flying a taildragger on a long cross-country. Doesn’t matter that it’s bumpy. Doesn’t matter that there’s a 35 knot headwind. Doesn’t even matter that it’s hot as Hades and you’re having last minute thoughts about the 70 degree x 19 knot crosswind you may be setting yourself up for. Life is for living and it’s time to do it! Read More »

Kristina Leng (Illinois)

Kristina Leng (Illinois)

Kristina is based at Poplar Grove Airport, in Poplar Grove, IL. Poplar Grove was the site of the 2017 Ladies Love Taildraggers Fly-in. It is home to over 400 aircraft, 200 hangars, and 100 homes complete with runway access! Many of the kind and generous pilots living there opened their homes and hangars to visiting lady taildraggers. Kristina is a student pilot whose hobbies include travelling, ice hockey, yoga, and eating vegetables! She started her aviation journey on June 9, 2019 and is loving every minute of it. She says, “I’m h... Read More »

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