Diana Roberts     (New Mexico)

Diana Roberts (New Mexico)

Diana Roberts is based at Sandia Park, New Mexico and flies a Cessna 140. I started flying later in life, at age 48.  I learned how to fly gliders first.  I own a Pegasus glider.  Two years ago another glider pilot, Connie Buenafe, asked me if I wanted to buy a taildragger with her. She knew I had wanted to learn power in a taildragger.  I had just bought a house and didn’t have the money so I turned her down.  She paid for the plane, put my name on it and let me make interest free payments.  Thanks to her generosity and kindness I was able to pay her off in a year.  We own a Cessna 140 together and are having a blast! Connie and I flew the C 140 from Moriarty to Tuscon last summer for the Women Soaring Pilots Association conference. Our photo and a short description of the conference is in the December 2011  issue of “Soaring Magazine”, page 38. – Diana Roberts...

Brandi Terkeurst     (Alabama)

Brandi Terkeurst (Alabama)

Brandi Terkeurst is based at  Moontown Airport, 3M5, located just east of Huntsville, Alabama. My name is Brandi and I fly out of a small grass strip in northern Alabama called Moontown. I blame my grandfather for getting aviation in my blood (I thank him all the time). He flew bombers in WWII and owned several aircraft over the years. I only remember flying with him once, so I didn’t grow up around it. A complete coincidence, I now work for a legacy carrier in an operations control center tackling global issues on a daily basis. I love it, but for me it doesn’t compare to GA. There ain’t nothing better than dragging your tail around on a nice afternoon while you put your work aside. I like the freedom of flying on my schedule. I compare it to getting a bicycle when you’re a kid and being able to go down to the local ice cream shop. Then, you get your driver’s license at sixteen to go grab dinner all the way downtown. Obtaining a pilot’s license just opens the next door to the whole world – you know what I’m talking about. Tail draggers just make it that much more fun! I took my private check ride in our 1954 Cessna 170B. I’m in the process of restoring a 1947 Cessna 140. Thanks! Brandi Terkeurst    ...

Diane Flaugher     (Illinois)

Diane Flaugher (Illinois)

Diane Flaugher is based at  Poplar Grove Airport (C77), Poplar Grove, Illinois. I took ground school last fall and was about to take my test, when my father died all of a sudden. It really took the wind out of my sails, so to speak. So helping my mother get her affairs in order and getting a new grandson in Jan., has been consuming a lot of my time. I have a very nice polished Cessna 140 that I’m anxious to get back to flying with a lot of instructing. Fortunately I have a very patient husband and a great community for support. Having all you lady taildraggers out there to encourage me is just great. Hope to see you at the (Lady Taildraggers Dayton) fly-in. Diane...

Melinda Harvey     (Indiana)

Melinda Harvey (Indiana)

Melinda Harvey is based at 1I3, Shawnee Field Airport, Bloomfield, Indiana. I fly a 1947 140 Cessna…she is called “Shawnee Girl”…we also have a HATZ CB and a Cherokee 180. My girl is simple and just my size.  I’ve been flying for about 6 years.  Ride motorcycles also…have a 2007 Softtail Deluxe.  I DO enjoy life! Melinda Harvey ——————– From Judy: When I’m out flying I always hope to bump into another lady taildragger pilot. I was at Lee Bottom for the Sinful Sundae ice cream fly-in and was so happy to meet Melinda – parked right next to my Rans S7! It just so happens I was rushing back to grab something out of the plane when she and her husband were climbing in theirs to head home – and she was sitting in the pilot’s seat! It was very cool to meet another Indiana taildragger pilot – that’s actually close enough we can fly together. It was great to meet you and your husband, Melinda! We should meet at BAK for breakfast or lunch soon!!...

Jennifer Treese     (Arizona)

Jennifer Treese (Arizona)

My name is Jennifer Treese and I live in Tucson, Arizona and fly out of the Marana Regional Airport (AVQ). I’ve been flying for just over three years now and received my private in July 2008. I started tailwheel training in January 2009 in a friend’s RV-6 but didn’t finish my training because the plane had to go back to Oregon where her parents live. I finished my tailwheel endorsement in June of 2010, this time flying an Aeronca Chief that my flight instructor had access to. Shortly after this I started working on my instrument rating and wasn’t doing much tailwheel flying. There are no flight school in Tucson that have tailwheel training or anywhere to rent! Last August, right before my instrument checkride my flight instructor and friend passed away in an aircraft accident and although I didn’t stop flying, I didn’t have access to the Chief anymore. That is, until recently. A couple friends just bought a 1946 Cessna 140 and we created a type of flying club for the three of us. The plane is absolutely beautiful and so much fun to fly! I just recently finished my checkout in it and I am so excited to fly it all the time! Finally, I have a taildragger to fly! I’ve also flown a 1941 Piper Cub and a P-51 Mustang, “Betty Jane”, which was awesome! In addition to flying the 140 now, I am working on my commercial certificate and just finished my masters degree in Aeronautical Science. Jennifer Treese...

Marykate Bayer     (Illinois)

Marykate Bayer (Illinois)

Marykate Bayer is based at (LL10) Naper Aero Club Airport, Naperville, Illinois. My husband and I own 4 taildraggers between us. I married my husband for his 1955 Cessna 180, but pretended I didn’t as I negotiated the purchase of my 1947 Cessna 140 the evening before our wedding day. I intended to sell the C140 in a year or two – but 15 years later it is still in the “fleet”. We bought our first plane together – the Fleet 10F – in order to enjoy the round engine experience (Warner 145). And we’ve also acquired a Smith Miniplane from a friend. Someday we will sell the Fleet and C140, and I will find a Baby Ace or Rose Parakeet so that I have an open cockpit to putt around in while my husband is out in the Miniplane!!! You can never have enough planes when there are two pilots in the family…like your cars: The SUV (Cessna 180), the Volkswagon (Cessna 140) and the convertible MG (the Fleet biplane)…doesn’t everyone have their multi-use cars??!!  ...

Maureen Alesi       (Illinois)

Maureen Alesi (Illinois)

Maureen Alesi is based at Poplar Grove Airport (C77), Poplar Grove, Illinois and flies a Cessna 140. I started flying in November 1988 when my husband told me to get a hobby because I was driving him crazy. I got my private license the following November, learning in a Piper Warrior. I flew the Warrior for about a year when we bought a 1947 Cessna 140. It wasn’t too long after we had the 140 that my husband decided to get his pilot’s license. We are based at Poplar Grove Airport, C77. It is a great place for a taildragger; lots of kindred spirits. We take the plane on vacation to where ever the Cessna 120/140 convention is. We also do what pilots do best, fly some where to eat. I can’t imagine life without my airplane....

Connie McConnell     (Florida)

Connie McConnell (Florida)

Connie McConnell is based at Leeward Air Ranch (FD04), Ocala, Florida and flies a Cessna 140. I have been flying taildraggers for 34 years. My dad got his license the year I was born and instilled a love of flying in me, taking me with him whenever he flew. He soloed in a Cessna 140. My husband and I both started taking lessons and received our licenses in 1976. After we sold our Cessna 170, my husband, Jim, asked me what kind of plane I would like, and I knew it would have to be a polished Cessna 140. In 1989 we found a 1946 C140 with 900 hours on it.  I have had “Silver Bird” since.  In the mean time we owned a 1956 Cessna 180.  3 airplanes just didn’t fit in our hangar so the 180 was sold. We also have a 1946 Piper Cub.  We live at Leeward Air Ranch, an airport community, so I can push a button, the hangar opens and push my plane out and take off!  What could be better ?...

Lorraine Morris    (Illinois)

Lorraine Morris (Illinois)

Lorraine Morris is based at Poplar Grove Airport (C77), Poplar Grove, Illinois. I started flying in 1980 and started flying taildraggers in 1987 when I met my husband.  He had a 1950 Cessna 140A that he had learned to fly in, so he taught me to fly again (in the 140A) after not flying for 5 years before I met him. We have kept the 140A and I think I will go before it goes as it has been in the family since 1968, but other taildraggers have come and gone, including a bunch of Cessna 140s, a 150 taildragger conversion, a Spartan Executive (Ken’s Mistress), a Commonwealth Skyranger, and a Culver Cadet. All of these we bought as some form of basket case and fixed up or restored to flying condition. We are working on another Cessna 150 tailwheel conversion right now as that is the plane I had a lot of fun with.  The early 150s with the straight tail and straight back are the best when converted using Cessna 140 gear. I fly the B-777 for United right now, and started an interior business about 15 years ago.  I sew and install complete interiors for people, preferably in old airplanes.  My husband Ken is an A&P and IA so between the two of us we do lots of complete restorations for ourselves and others. We got our DC-3 type ratings, and that also allows us to deliver all kinds of planes all over the US.  I have to say it is always a team effort! Thanks for the great website! Lorraine Morris...

Lisa Haag    (Texas)

Lisa Haag (Texas)

Lisa Haag is based at Covey Trails Airport (X09) Fulshear, Texas and flies a Stearman and Cessna 140. “I have my Commercial, Instrument, Multi, and Single Engine Land and a Commercial Single Engine Sea rating.” I got my taildragger sign-off 10 years ago in our Stearman N2S3, and I also have a Cessna 140. I have flow a little bit corporately, but mainly just fly for fun. I live at a grass runway airpark outside of Houston, and I love it. I also put on the ‘End of the Season’ Stearman fly-In in Jennings, LA, with the help of the city....

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