Stephanie Stephenson’s new bird AND new digs

Stephanie Stephenson’s new bird AND new digs

Thank you to Stephanie Stephenson for sending an update. We love to get pretty new pictures of planes, people and more! Stephanie tells me she not only has relocated to an airport community, Kelly Airpark, CO15, Elbert, Colorado, she’s also the proud parent of a beautiful J-3 Cub too. With AirVenture 2014 upon us, you may remember Stephanie was one of two ladies we featured at last year’s Vintage In Review Program. OSH was all about radials in 2013, and Stephanie did a beautiful job showing off her gorgeous C195.  Stephanie and  her German Shepherd, Pilot (above) N91944 – 1946 Piper J3 Cub (below) Our new homeKelly Airpark – CO15, Elbert, CO  ...

Stephanie Stephenson     (Colorado)

Stephanie Stephenson (Colorado)

Stephanie Stephenson is based at KEIK, Erie Municipal Airport, Erie, Colorado. A new Pilot Profile was added for Stephanie March 2013 but we didn’t have a picture of Stephanie to post! We finally have a face to put with the name! Thank you Stephanie for forwarding pictures. Stephanie will be displaying her C195 at “Vintage in Review” at AirVenture on Wednesday, July 31. Stop by at 11:30 and meet her and her C195! * Well, I grew up in a Cessna 195 – the rest is history! My husband was/is my flight instructor, which is how we met. When I received my Private, he asked me what I wanted and I said an iPod, he replied with, it has to be aviation related… So, we bought “Rocky” from Delta, Colorado in May of 2010, a 1954 Cessna 195. We just moved from Kansas City, Missouri to Littleton, Colorado this last December. Looking to purchase a home at Erie Municipal Airport. Both members of the International Cessna 195 Club, I serve as a Director. Hosted the 2011 Annual 195 Fly-In in Kansas City....

Jan Johnson and Elsie, her beautiful Cessna 195

Jan Johnson and Elsie, her beautiful Cessna 195

Here’s an update from Cessna 195 owner Jan Johnson, based at KSQL, San Carlos Airport, San Carlos, California. Jan affectionately named N4026A, her beautiful 1952 CESSNA 195A, “Elsie”. Dreamed of flying since I was a kid. Mom planted the aviation seed in my head back then. Her first husband was a fighter pilot with the Air Force. I grew up hearing all the stories of his flying. I was a flight attendant with Reno Air (tallest female F/A in FAA history), based in San Jose, CA. Learning about the McDonnell-Douglas MD-80 series aircraft was exciting. We got to crawl all over them during training, and I spent way too much time in the cockpit playing with the controls and not enough time in the back, practicing my beverage service! One day in early 2009, decided I wanted to fly an airplane. Got my Private ticket in eight months, while working full-time as a mechanical engineer, and immediately transitioned into tailwheel airplanes. Married to my college sweetheart Peter, and together for 35 years. He is a self-employed machinist and loves the 195 as much as me. We plan on doing many trips with our road bicycles in Elsie’s big baggage compartment. ASEL – 450 hours TT, 230 hours Tailwheel (since Feb. 2009). And proud to announce, as of 3/23/13, I’ve reached 52 hours total time in SIX different 195s. Well on my way to becoming a 195 pilot. As a flight attendant with Reno Air, I got to sit in the right seat of a McDonnell-Douglas MD-83 and take the controls during a flight to Anchorage. Flew in a P-51 Mustang just before my Private checkride, as well as a couple of flights in two different B-25 Mitchell bombers. Flew an AT-6 Texan in the summer of 2012, and flew to Oshkosh in the very last Cessna 195 made. And of course, I’ll always remember my first flight from the left seat of a friend’s gorgeous red and crimson 195 in 2010. I did everything wrong, but knew that the 195 was the plane for me. It was truly love at first flight. See April 2010 Jan Johnson...

Ladies love to fly taildraggers!

Ladies love to fly taildraggers!

The ladies are out there everyday, everywhere, doing what they love and proving ladies really do love taildraggers! Aune Price (Illinois) Pilot Profile Amy Gesch (works for Wipaire Inc.) Cathy Page (Arizona) Pilot Profile Jan Johnson (California) Pilot Profile Casey Erickson (California) Pilot Profile Diana Votaw (Missouri) Votaw Aviation Pam Fowler (North Carolina) Pilot Profile  ...

Oshkosh Seaplane Base 2012

Oshkosh Seaplane Base 2012

If I have any regrets about AirVenture 2012 its that I never made it over to the Seaplane base. I kept bumping into people all week long who’d taken the EAA bus over and they were raving about the picturesque seaplane base, the aircraft and talking about the slower, laid back pace compared to the high activity & noise level at AirVenture. Turns out there were some taildragger beauties hanging out over there and the ONE I kept hearing about was a mysterious, gorgeous Cessna 195 on floats. BTW, all but one of these seaplane base pictures is courtesy of “Mooney Bob”. If you came to our Lady Taildragger fly-in in June I hope you got to meet him and if you were at our LLT lunch at OSH on Friday I know you got to meet him. Bob was one more person that told me he went to the seaplane base and it made my day when he showed me his great pictures. Looking through his shots I decided I need to get my butt to the seaplane base next year and spend some time relaxing and soaking in the sights and sounds. And about that mysterious Cessna 195!  I found out it’s owned by Troy MacVey of Milan, Indiana who operates Mac’s Seaplane Service on the Ohio River in Rising Sun, Indiana. Troy gives rides and trains pilots seeking their seaplane certification. MacVey’s 1949 Cessna 195 won the gold “Lindy” award this year – named for Charles Lindbergh – at AirVenture on July 28. “It is just a beautiful art-deco style aircraft. Very rare,” Troy MacVey. Mystery solved and the best part is the 195 is based in Indiana ….. just like me.  Guess where I’m headed this weekend?!!  ...

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!!”...

So….. what’s the scoop on the Lady Taildraggers fly-in??!!

WOW, I’m back in Indy tonight and back on-line……and I’ve got great internet service again!! Hotels are great, especially when they have water views like Pickwick Landing St. Park Inn, but there’s nothing like fast internet to keep me happy! Check out this update on our Fly-in. I know not everyone was able to make it home today but hopefully return flights have been stress-less, thunderstorm free and VFR! I got out of Savannah at noon today and made it back to Indy, just short of a little rain to the north. Glad all the girls….. and boys… got out this morning. I just checked and the Savannah area is getting nailed right now. Perfect departure timing – love it! What a great weekend. * * * * * Helen’s got a T’craft but’s smart enough not to pass up a chance to fly Bill’s Supercub?!! * * * * * * * I’ve got LOTS of LLT flyin pictures so more to come. I really appreciate the 100 plus airplanes that flew in and all the fun we had. What a blast. More to come!...

Jeanne Milton     (New York)

Jeanne Milton (New York)

Jeanne Milton is based at NY0, Fulton County Airport, Johnstown, New York. Picture from my first Cub solo I am a student pilot. I have solo time in a Cessna 120, J3 Cub and just got signed off in a friend’s Cessna 170.  I plan to finish my license in the 170 as the Cub has no radios.  My flight instructor, John Peck, and I just went in on a Cessna 120 project. I’m learning to rivet and reskin metal surfaces. I would like to finish my license this summer so I can fly the Cub to Oshkosh for the 75th anniversary.  Several pilot friends have volunteered to go with me. If the weather cooperates we will be there. We plan to come to fly in if possible. We are in the final stages of putting a new engine on the 195. Hope it will be ready. Jeanne Milton New York  ...

Valerie Thal-Slocum     (Tennessee)

Valerie Thal-Slocum (Tennessee)

Valerie Thal-Slocum is based at 4TN3, Hawks Nest Airport, Moscow, Tennessee. I am an MD 11 Captain for FedEx. I grew up flying taildraggers,  Beech 18’s, DC-3’s, and I own a Cessna 195. My husband, Jim is also a taildragger pilot and he recently soled our two daughters, Holly (age 15) and Heather (age 14) in a 2-26 glider. It is kinda a taildragger! – I love networking and encouraging young aviators. I am a world class Skydiver with numerous World Records. Guess I just like the air! – – Check out http://bentprop.org/. It is a group that I am part of that travels to the South Pacific and searches for WWII airmen and their aircraft.  We have a documentary, last Flight Home, about our efforts! Valerie Thal-Slocum  ...

Nancy Warren     (Indiana)

Nancy Warren (Indiana)

Nancy Warren is based at KBAK, Columbus Municipal Airport, Columbus, Indiana. Many years ago I was checked out in a Citabria, 7-ECA (part-owner), also flew right seat in DC-3s and Beech 18s, currently fly a Cessna Cardinal 177. – I was a member of the 99s for 25 years, currently member of the United Flying Octogenarians (UFO), serve on its Board of Directors and as Area Director for the State of Indiana. I also write a monthly column (WOMEN IN THE SKIES) for www.aircraftowneronline.com. Nancy Warren Good news! This beautiful C195 will be at our Lady Taildraggers flyin and Nancy & Rusty will be in it!  Be sure and check out the upcoming February issue of www.aircraftowneronline.com. Nancy was so excited about our organization she suggested writing an article about LLT to her editor. It’ll be on-line soon!  Judy...

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