Rhonda Ellisor     (Texas)

Rhonda Ellisor (Texas)

Rhonda Ellisor is based at Sandy Creek, an uncharted grass strip between Huntsville and Conroe, Texas, I became a private pilot on Dec. 31, 2016, learning in my very own 1954 Cessna 170. I also have quite a few hours in my instructor/boyfriend’s Cessna 185, L-19 Bird Dog and his beautiful 1960 Beech G18. He said he would only give me instruction in a taildragger!...

Louise Patterson     (California)

Louise Patterson (California)

Louise Patterson is based at KVNY, Van Nuys Airport, Van Nuys, California, Louise is an instrument rated private pilot and hopes to get her tailwheel endorsement. Teacher, pilot, mom! I didn’t start out liking airplanes very much. At the age of 4, we lived under the approach path for RWY 13 at KSPI. I would hear the loud airplanes (likely a 727 or L10-11) while playing outside. Soon they would buzz right over the house and I’d run in screaming “The angry butterfly is coming to get me!” Boy did they ever. I began flying back and forth between my divorced parents’ house the very next year and found it natural to be moving in a multi-dimensional world in the ocean above the earth. I joined the CAP in 8th grade then went to work for the airlines at 18. I wanted to do everything with those planes, working as a ticket agent, ramp rat, flight attendant, and then earning my pilot license (and one day my A&P). I have a great deal of reverence for this modern miracle and a great feeling of fortune that I was born into such a time.  ...

Mary & Dennis Nolan, Married 20 April, 2013

Mary & Dennis Nolan, Married 20 April, 2013

Thank you to Mary Nolan for kicking off our “Flying High Wedding” series so beautifully. Enjoy the story of Mary & Dennis Nolan’s airborne wedding in a Beech 18 — somewhere over Tennessee! Dennis Nolan and I were married on 20 April, 2013 in a Beech-18. We met the year prior because many of our friends believed our backgrounds were a perfect match. Dennis has flown Bonanzas most of his life along with helicopters. His history of racing sprint cars and loving Harley Davidson motorcycles paralleled my career of T-6 racing at Reno, airshow performing, enjoying riding my own Harley plus a lifetime of civilian, USAF and Fedex flying. We wanted to be married in the air, so we checked into renting a King Air. It proved to be very expensive and rather tame. I called Jim Slocum and asked if he still had “Ursula”, his Beech-18 he had given me the privilege of flying at one of their wonderful fly-days. ‘No, but I know were to find it’ was his answer. He even humbly agreed to fly it during our wedding. On the morning of the wedding after a brief turn back due to a cargo door problem, Jim, Val, Aubie and Lesley Pearman landed ‘in the Chapel’ at Charles Baker Airport. Val and Lesley had decorated the Beech with roses and ribbon, ‘she’ was stunning. Our airport friends decided to have their Spring Airport Day and help celebrate our day so lots of airplanes were beautifully parked on the ramp including our F-33 Bonanza and our wedding present…a Decathalon! The hangar was decorated with tulips and Checker Flag linen. Our 200 guests arrived and watched a happy couple take off in an airplane full of pilots, even the preacher! Our wedding party joined us in the air in two immaculate Howards and after we landed a Supercub flew over dropping rose petals…..Our guests were treated to wonderful food and lots of airplane rides…truly a magical Day. If you were married aloft or married at an airport, or know someone who was, we’d love to share your story. Submit at Flying High Weddings!...

Mary Griffiths:  J3 Cub & Beech 18

Mary Griffiths: J3 Cub & Beech 18

Author:  Mary Griffiths My favorite taildraggers!!  ...

Mary Griffiths     (New Jersey)

Mary Griffiths (New Jersey)

Mary Griffiths is based at NO5, Hackettstown Airport, Hackettstown, New Jersey. Been flying for approx. 20 years. I have time in a J3-cub, C-140, Pitts S1C, and a  Beech 18. Absolutely love flying taildraggers for the challenge. Currently restoring a 1930 Waco RNF with my husband and searching for a J3-Cub to play in while the restoration continues.  🙂 *  ...

Thanksgiving Hospitality, Texas Style!

Thanksgiving Hospitality, Texas Style!

I’m finding out fast they do things right in Texas, including inviting the Northerners over for Thanksgiving – Texas taildragger style. While in San Antonio we’re the ultimate “tourists” but were tickled to take a break from the sightseeing to meet up with one of my favorite Champ ladies. At the invitation of Texan lady taildragger pilot, Dianne Wieman, Boyd and I spent a big part of the day celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday with Dianne and her family at Zuehl Field near San Antonio. Can it get any better than that! Dianne has a big hangar she built herself which houses TDA, her 85 hp Champ named by her husband ” TDA” (That Damn Airplane). I guess that’s what happens when you’re married to a lady who’d rather be at the airport working on her taildragger or better yet, flying it, than just about anywhere else! Dianne’s hangar is crammed full of flying airplanes and non-flying airplanes just waiting to be restored. We’re talking a friend’s Sonex, a 1940 Aeronca Chief (one of the few ever made with sticks), and a Cessna Airmaster waiting on its 1 piece wooden wing to be recovered and an engine. Oh, I’m sure there’s a lot more hidden in nooks and crannies but you get the idea. This lady’s got a lot going on. Dianne is an engineer by trade but somewhere along the line she picked up an A&P/IA license, CFI & CFII, and CFI-Glider. She’s qualified to tackle any project that suits her fancy and her biggest problem seems to be not having enough hours in the day to get them all done. * This airport was a real trip back in time with old aircraft and projects in the works all around the field. This DC6 flew into Zuehl’s 3000 foot grass strip and from touchdown to full stop used up 800′. Taking a quick peek around I got a kick out of finding a barley noticeable Supercub hidden amoung all the other treasures. 1TE4 Zuehl Airport is a private airstrip at Marion, TX and home to over 100 aircraft. Many thanks to the extended Wieman family for feeding us till we couldn’t hold any more and showing us some true Texas hospitality. It was a blast!...

Twin Beech Fun

Twin Beech Fun

It’s short. It’s sweet. And there’s a lot to love about this little video of two of our lady taildragger pilots! Lady pilots Tina Thomas & Lorraine Morris having fun making a couple of passes at the Poplar Grove Airport in their Beech 18’s....

Dreaming Happy Taildragging Thoughts!

Sometimes you just wanna dream happy thoughts…. * Beech 18 from your friends at Poplar Grove Airport And from your friends at Red Stewart Airfield Super Cubs sent in by Shannon Gallagher * Jam packed color! * Blue Ice Aviation, AK Super Cub, Blue Ice Aviation, AK * * * * * 2007 Hatz Classic NX230RS, Ron Sieck...

Formation flying a Beech 18 & Cessna 195

I had an amazing day yesterday flying my Rans S7 to Columbus, Indiana where some great old taildraggers were hanging out. Other than the 99 degrees we suffered through it couldn’t have been much better. I gave rides, I got rides, and had a fun time at a hangar party. Did I mention the “I got rides” was flying in this beautiful 1959 Beech 18 accompanied by Rusty Richards in his C195?! See the video I shot with my iphone yesterday. I’m sitting in the back of the Beech 18. Aubie invited me up for some right seat time during our formation flight and what do you think he says when I tell him “holy cow, we’re flying CLOSE”!? …. “Judy, put on your big girl panties!!”...

A Twin Beech for Lorraine Morris!!

A Twin Beech for Lorraine Morris!!

I heard from one excited lady today, and when I popped open the pictures she sent along, I understood why.  I’m so happy for you Lorraine – sounds like you and Ken just found the love of your lives! So cool you “lusted” after such a great old twin taildragger and finally have your “beauty” back home. I’m visualizing you and Tina Thomas each flying your Beech 18s to pancake breakfasts all summer long! (Lorraine Morris is based at Poplar Grove Airport.) “Just wanted to let you know that we have gone completely crazy.  We realized that you ‘can’t take it with you’, so we went out and bought the plane we have both lusted after for years.” “We got a Beech 18!  It has been sitting for a few years, so needs some TLC.  I wanted to share my enthusiasm!  Maybe we will bring it to the flyin this year!” – – Lorraine Morris  ...

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