Mary Ellen Thomson   (Pennsylvania)

Mary Ellen Thomson (Pennsylvania)

Mary Ellen Thomson is based at 07N, Bermudian Airpark, Kralltown, Pennsylvania. I own a 1969 Citabria 150 hp … sweet fast plane, fly 125+ hrs a year..commerical license… Hubby flies a Stearman 1943 and we are always at Bermudian Airpark 07N…. people stop by and hang, it’s a very friendly place…every weekend! *  ...

Lorna Barrie   (New York)

Lorna Barrie (New York)

Lorna Barrie is based at Clarence Aerodrome Airport, Buffalo, New York. (Here’s an update from Lorna, just sent through her instructor and flying partner, Dennis Borkowski.  Lots of pictures and more…..) * Lorna’s Champ above and Citabria below.  (Very cool, Lorna!) Sent in by Dennis Borkowski;  Hi, Lorna asked me to reply for her because she is so busy at work [managing a kennel]. I am her instructor and flying partner. Lorna flew with me [she did most of the flying!] on a ferry flight from DKK near Buffalo to Creve Coeur in Waco QCF-2 NC11247 and back in Waco UPF-7  N173E. Planes belong to Lou and John Nalbone of DKK.  The Nalbone’s UPF-7 was sent to Rare Aircraft for total rebuild and many mods.  Lou told me they will do a photo shot for AOPA then send plane here.  John Cournoyer redid paint on QCF and sold UPF to them. Check out Waco N173E photos at . We also did some fun flights in both. Since, I checked Lorna out in Fleet N8600 and started on Stearman N65688 that belongs to my student, Scot Shefler. Lorna also flew me to Vermont in her 7ECA, N7502F to pick up RNF  NC144Y for Cournoyer. We flew formation back to Buffalo. She also was my safety pilot when I was out of a medical for a while. Have 2nd class med back now. We have been aware of you, Susan. I met your husband at Waco Field fly-in in 2008. I was flying a Champ to NY for Dick Ash [Waco N29303] from Creve Coeur. Dick gave Lorna and I the honor of flying his Waco! Lorna and I have been working on her aerobatics in her Citabria lately. ——————————– Earlier from Lorna,  “I earned my ticket in March 2001. Coming up on 900 hours tt, 825 of which is tailwheel.  Solo’d in BC12D.   Currently flying an Aeronca Champ (7DC 85hp) N3415E that I own half interest in, and my little jewel of a Citabria (7ECA 115hp) 7502F.” “I have had the absolutely incredible good fortune to fly a wide variety of taildraggers; from a 1929 Fleet Model 1 to Stearmans, Wacos, Fairchild trainers, up thru to C180.   Am working on my  Commercial and Multi Engine Inst. ratings — Without a doubt, I am one of the luckiest gals around; flying off of a grass strip in about 29 different models of aircraft.  It’s what I love to do best!”...

Jill Baker     (California)

Jill Baker (California)

Jill Anne Baker, CFI, MEI, lives in San Diego, California and sent in this new picture update.  Jill says “My good friend Buckels  and I flying his Cub!!” Although Jill is based at San Diego, she makes frequent trips to Indiana.  When I met Jill a year ago she was flying this GCAA 1970 Citabria out of Columbus Municipal Airport in Indiana.  Sadly, on a rental flight, it was forced to make an off-airport landing and although the 2 persons on board were fine, the Citabria did not fare so well. Jill works for the airlines, instructs and is a member of the San Diego Ninety-Niners....

Lorrie Penner’s Pawnee Flying

Lorrie flies out of Red Stewart Airport, Waynesville, Ohio. Lorrie’s June 2, 2010 Update: I haven’t updated for awhile, so will let you know that I flew the Pawnee on Mother’s Day, got my 10 t/o and landings in and 3 supervised tows. Then the next two Sundays I’ve been officially towing – once for the CAP kids who came over for a camp-out at the glider club and this Sunday for my own crew. The most difficult element for me so far is the heat… Ohio hasn’t had much until recently and now it has been here in full force. This last Sunday I ended up with a nice little heat rash around my neck, which took two days to clear up and was very itchy! I’m having a blast towing gliders in this Pawnee! For the glider photo – so this isn’t really a taildragger I guess, but maybe a bellydragger?  I flew the Pawnee towing gliders in the first half of the day, then had the opportunity to fly the ASK21. It is a nice smooth ride in this glider. Very easy to fly. Quite slick and have to watch the landing speed.  We found some thermals for about 15minutes. Rose 800 feet in about 3minutes. I gave my IAC34 friend  Eric a ride and he is now considering bringing his daughter out to learn to fly gliders.  🙂 Lorrie & Eric ——————————————- From April 30, 2010 This is the photo after I flew with Emerson Stewart for my 5 flights for the generic tow pilot check out and endorsement.  I flew the Citabria with Emerson instructing and Gordon was our glider pilot. Lorrie flying Citabria as tow-pilot, with Gordon on the left and Emerson Stewart on the right I took Gordon for 3 pattern tows, 1 emergency rope break and a flight where Gordon pulled me around alot doing “box the wake” and “slack rope”.  In some ways, learning to tow a glider was easier than I imagined. I was extremely thankful that I had experience in a speed boat towing a water skier.  Much the same sensation with reduction in power and adjustment to the guy behind me dragging me around at the end of the rope.  Next step – learn to fly the Pawnee that we use at the glider club. Maybe tomorrow if the thunder storms will stay away long enough! Lorrie Penner...

Jan Johnson, Citabria 7ECA

Jan Johnson, Citabria 7ECA

Jan Johnson, San Jose, California. I’m relatively new to flying, but have been around airplanes my entire life. I earned my private pilot certificate in October 2009, flying a Piper Cherokee Warrior, then immediately jumped into learning to tame a taildragger. I currently fly a Citabria 7ECA, but am eager to move up to the 7KCAB and eventually the Decathlon. I’m learning aerobatics right now and love it. My goal is to eventually get checked out in the North American AT-6D “Texan” from World War II. I’m also quite fond of the North American P-51 Mustang. Looking forward to meeting some of the other taildragger gals at a future fly-in. Blue skies, Jan Johnson...

Diana Richards     (Missouri)

Diana Richards (Missouri)

Diana Richards keeps Citabria N4216Y at the private grass farm strip she and her husband, Tom, share in southwest Missouri, Identifier O8MO.  Rumor says her favorite airplane is named “Citabriaberry”!  Diana flies aerobatics and competes in her “beloved” Citabria.  Check out a few of her pictures from the POA website and links she has provided. Diana tells me her first lesson was in a Champ when she was 13 years old. “When I flew around the country for a month, two years ago, I landed on mostly grass strips, and two of my favorite were grass strips in Indiana.  I enjoyed spending the night in that adorable little cabin at Lee Bottom.” For a wonderful article  written by Diana’s 12 year old niece, Elizabeth Triplett, and published in the February 2008 issue of IAC Sport Aerobatics Magazine click on the following PDF file.  How appropriate the title “My Aunt is a “roll model”! drichardsflying-free_roll-model And from an email from Diana: There’s a link on PoA about my month long, grass fields tour and photos as my trip progressed.  It was a wonderful trip.  I’m trying to be more disciplined about writing a book about it, and am halfway done now. I wrote three article for Sport Aerobatics, but am really more excited about my niece getting her article in the magazine…she is a bright young woman and will  hopefully be able to take flying lessons some day. You can click on the following AOPA site and see an article written about Diana: AOPA sent a professional photographer to the farm, and the fun part was taking him for his first aerobatic ride when we were through with the photo session.  He is 6′ 6” and we had a time getting him into the Citabria with a parachute on. LOL  It finally worked out and we had a fun flight that day and he even posted a few videos on You Tube that he took with his little camera. Here is a link to an EAA article that talks about Young Eagle Flight Leaders and has some photos that I submitted to go along with the interview I had with them:

Lori Adams     (Texas)

Lori Adams (Texas)

Lori Adams, 81, of  Smithville, Texas flies a 1967 Citabria and has logged 29,000 hours in 55 years.  She continues to fly aerobatics in Smithville. By Andrea Lorenz AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF The red-headed pilot takes precautions before she flies the 1967 single-engine Citabria she co-owns with friend and former student Austin Wambler. She checks the fuel and oil, gives the plane a once-over and never flies in bad weather, except for occasions like two weeks ago at the Smithville Municipal Airport Fly-In, when, despite looming clouds, she gave onlookers a show of airplane aerobatics. On a recent Sunday, she guided the plane in loops, spins and dives for onlookers, moves she’s done for so long they no longer thrill her, but people enjoy them so she continues them. Born the year Charles Lindbergh flew the Spirit of St. Louis in the first solo nonstop trans-Atlantic flight, Adams said she hesitates to share her age lest it deter passengers or students from flying with her. “They’ll see an old woman, and they’ll say, ‘I don’t want to fly with that old grandma.’ ” Bubbly and energetic, when Adams isn’t working her four days a week at Smithville’s Brookshire Brothers petrol station, she’s flying or at the airport. She’s called the Queen of the Airport Bums, according to the group of pilots and airplane aficionados who hang out at the Smithville airport, because she’s the only woman of the bunch. Adams spends many of her weekends there, where she and Wambler keep their plane in a hangar they also own. Sometimes they go for a “$100 hamburger,” pilot-speak for the cost of the fuel it takes to fly to another town for a burger. “This is where she comes into her own,” Wambler said as Adams took off for a solo flight to show off her aerobatic moves. “When she gets into an airplane, she goes into her own world.” Adams began flying in her early 20s, but her interest in aviation started when she was a child in Smithville. “I jumped from the hayloft into the hay,” she said. “I thought I wanted to fly.” In her teens, she tried to join the Women Airforce Service Pilots, who flew military aircraft during World War II, but she was too young. Adams finally had a chance to fly in a plane thanks to acquaintances. She worked as a photographer snapping pictures of patrons at a nightclub, and the band director took her up. Her roommate’s boyfriend gave Adams her first lessons in Dallas in exchange for paying her roommate’s share of the rent for a month: $50. The first time Adams flew alone, in a J-3 Cub, the control stick used to fly the plane from the back seat came off during the flight. She managed to land safely by climbing into the front seat, but the incident scared her. “I quit flying for about a year,” Adams said. “With the stick coming out, I thought the good Lord didn’t want me to fly.” She eventually got back in a plane, obtained her license and moved to Houston. She married Dick Adams along the way. He died in 1960 when his crop-dusting plane went down because it was overloaded. She never remarried. In 1964, Adams opened a flight school at Houston’s Hobby Airport, where she stayed until the 1980s when the airport became too congested to handle small planes. She then retired, returned to her hometown and started giving instructions in Smithville. Although she no longer teaches, with 29,000 flying hours, Adams doesn’t have plans to slow down. Federal Aviation Administration rules require commercial passenger pilots to retire by 65, but there’s no age limit for other pilots as long as they pass regular medical exams. Adams said she will fly “till I die.” “For real,” she said. “You’ll see it someday in the paper. You’ll say, ‘Oh, I knew her.’ But now I’m healthy and I feel good.” Adams said the only trouble she has getting around is caused by a pesky ankle injury she got skydiving; she jumped out of a plane two years ago and caught her foot on the way out — “a freak accident,” she said. And Adams wants another go at skydiving — without the broken ankle. “I want to make a good one,” she said. Citing former President George Bush’s skydiving trips in his 80s, she said, “It’s no big deal.”  —————————————————————————–  This picture of Lori Adams from 1966 was sent by Jerry Griggs, a former line boy for Lori.  (See Comments).  Lori taught Jerry to fly in 1967 and Jerry taught his daughter and her best friend to fly his Aeronca “K” when the girls were 16. They are featured on this website at Janice & Andrea\’s First Solos .  ...

Lorrie Penner     (Ohio)

Lorrie Penner (Ohio)

Lorrie Penner flies a 1974, 150 hp 8KCAB Decathalon out of Red Stewart Airfield in Waynesville, Ohio.  (Identifier 40I)  She’s a private pilot SEL and earned a Glider rating last year.  Lorrie is currently Secretary of IAC Chaper 34, former National IAC Secretary, and has been actively involved with her husband, Gorden Penner, in IAC Chapter 34 for many years.  She and Gordon write the Chapter 34 newsletter and maintain that much visited website. These shots were all taken June 7, 2009 at the kick off meeting for new IAC chapter based in Kokomo, Indiana. ————————————————– This is a photo of me with the kids and the Champ from 2003! I did all of my training in the Champ for my Recreational license. After I got the recreational license, then I worked on my Private license. The worst part was having to fly a Cessna 150 after having flown a Champ! What a let down… I was really irritated because it had no feeling to it and my feet felt dead – they were used to working much harder in the Champ. It thought the Cessna was punishment!   This photo is my windy day photo of when I got my recreational pilot’s license. The day I took my check ride, I almost cancelled.  It was quite cold in March that year and about a third of the way through the check ride we got some light snow.  We were close to the Clinton County airport at the time and I was just about to make a decision to land when we came out from under the little snow cloud.  The rest of the flight was uneventful, but I was successful at passing the ride. This picture is of me and my very good friend, Nancy Wright. Nancy lives in Michigan, but she is an IAC34 member and usually our very excellent volunteer coordinator for the contest.  Nancy has a private pilot license....

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