It’s Official: The 2010 Lady Taildraggers Fly-In a Success!!

It’s hard to pick just the right picture – the ONE picture that says “We’re lady taildragger pilots and we beat the weather gods! We beat the 95+ degree heat! We wormed our way around rain showers and thunderstorms and poor visibility! We flew our taildraggers into Moraine Airpark and, even though you could cut the heat & humidity with a stick, we got there and we had a great time!” Terri Hull flew in early Friday from Portland, Indiana in her Cessna 140 Between Friday & Saturday, eleven women were able to fly in to Moraine and at least another ten lady taildraggers came by car! In spite of the hottest mid-August weather in central Ohio in 22 years, rain showers and thunderstorms while coming to and from, the fly in was a success! Unfortunately, several other gals had planned to fly in but just couldn’t make it because of the weather. Hella Comat flew in from Ontario in her Pitts S1T We lined ’em up as they came and went…. Looking Good! Because of weather issues it wasn’t possible for all of us to be together at the same time – gals were coming and going depending on the weather in their area.  So same with their taildraggers.  We just snapped pictures of who we could – when we could! And looking really good! Kathy Norris was the second lady taildragger registered on this website!  She & her husband built their Rans S7 and fly it off their grass strip in east central Indiana.  With rain and thunderstorms popping up all over the place, they stayed for breakfast and then got on their way.  It was fun seeing them for a short time! Kathy Norris flew her Rans in Saturday morning The Happy Champ with some of the gals! There was a lot of walking around, admiring, yakking & posing going on! And taildraggers continued to land….Shannon & Chuck flew in from Tennessee in “Songbird”! Shannon Gallagher flew in Friday with Chuck Avon in their 1940 BL65 Taylorcraft, “Songbird”. We all loved it when we looked up and saw a pair of Pitts in the pattern!  Natallie McHaffie and Hella Comat flew down together Friday afternoon from Ontario, Canada.  We were happy to have them with us Friday night and Saturday morning but with lousy weather building up north, they had to depart Saturday morning. Nat McHaffie (center) flew in from Etobicoke, Ontario Canada in her Pitts S2A-E You got to love those t-shirts! Hanging out in the hangar – trying to escape the heat! There’s lots more show & tell coming so please check back the next few days!  More lady taildragger pilots, more amazing taildragger airplanes, more food and fun pictures and more truly incredible formation flying pictures are all coming.   I’m going through mine and people are sending me theirs.  If you were at the fly in and have any you’d like to see posted, please send them in! Next generation lady taildragger trying out the controls of Lorrie Penner’s 8KCAB Decathalon !!...

Let the fun fly-in begin!

What a fun thing to see when I taxied in Thursday morning.  It looks great, Susan! Had a great flight over and Susan was waiting for me, camera in hand! The Happy Champ just waiting for its buddies to line up too… Susan took this picture Thursday evening chasing me in the Champ! Gorgeous night! Then all tucked in with the big boy Wacos Thursday night. Notice Andy’s new “Waco” sign. They invited the Champ to hang out overnight – very cool! Susan and I are ready and excited to see you today – tomorrow & Sunday!  Come on!!...

More great Oshkosh pictures

Photo by Brent Clark; Seaplane Base Oshkosh * Photo by George Widener; Oshkosh DC-3’s in the break over Airventure after dropping the Liberty Parachute Team; Duggy, Jungle Skipper, and Spirit of Alaska. * Fabulous photo by Jim Tanis at Oshkosh * Jim Tanis photo; This was probably the least attended event at Oshkosh. See clusterballoon.com for more info. He flew this setup to a height of over 11,000 feet and across lake Michigan overnight. * Jim Tanis photo from Oshkosh * Photo by Jim Smith, Spectators in Flight * Garrett Smith’s Oshkosh photo * Melvin Pereira photo from Oshkosh I thought I SAW Oshkosh till I saw these pictures!  If you can top these – send them in!!...

Our own Lady Taildraggers’ photos from Oshkosh

Lady taildragger, Carol Levine, soaking up the good stuff at Oshkosh!! * Carol Levine photo from OSH * Carol Levine Oshkosh photo * Julie Richardson at OSH; Okay, my blues cruise friends! You’re in the bag with me in Oshkosh, Wisconsin for the largest fly-in in the country. If you haven’t noticed, us aviators have never been known for our political correctness, as may be apparent from the back of this trailer! * Julie Richardson OSH photo * Julie Richardson OSH photo * Julie Richardson’s photo; 450 hp Super Stearman… my kind of red! * Photo by Julie Richardson Thanks to lady taildraggers, Carol and Julie, who obviously had a great time at Oshkosh!  Some people just have an “eye” for a great picture.  Check back tomorrow for more AMAZING photos....

Lady Taildraggers Fly-in Countdown……

* August is finally here and that means Susan and I are counting down the days till the Lady taildraggers fly-in! Fly your taildragger to Moraine Airpark, I73, Dayton, Ohio for what’s sure to be a fun few days with the girls and their birds!  Fly in solo – bring your husband – bring your kids – bring your friends, just get there! See you Friday, Saturday & Sunday, August 13 – 14 – 15. Click here for FLY-IN Info!!...

Lady Taildraggers meet up at Oshkosh!

Tuesday, the gals from Ladies Love Taildraggers met up for lunch with the Back Country Pilots group. The above picture includes Lynn Gardner, Judy Birchler, Bonnie Ritchie, Dianne from Back Country Pilots, Lynn’s tailwheel friend whose name I’ve misplaced!, Jan Johnson, Linda Guthrie, Susan Theodorelos & Heather Gamble. Shortly after we took the group picture, Kelly Jeffries and her husband arrived and I snapped this quick picture of Kelly & Susan.  What a great turnout of lady taildraggers!! Jan, Lynn & Bonnie What a great spot to have a little lunch with a nice view of 27/9 and the North 40! Heather, Susan & Linda Not too shabby a turnout of lady taildraggers for a hot, sunny day at Oshkosh. Thanks to everyone that joined us and to the Back Country Pilots group for inviting us to their party! I also met Jessica Olszta from New Hampshire in the IAC building. She flew a friend’s J3 Cub from NH to Oshkosh with legs as slow as 58 mph. Hope to see more of Jessica on LadiesLoveTaildraggers soon! * Here’s just a couple pictures of the rows and rows and rows and rows… of taildraggers and other aircraft that fought the rain and soggy ground conditions and made it into Oshkosh by Tuesday. 170s * And finally, the one thing you won’t see at Oshkosh is my Champ with its colorful new sticker on the tail – because it’s sitting up at Appleton – one of the few spots available to land after they closed Oshkosh and Fond Du Lac Sunday!...

Oshkosh, Monday morning

Alive & thriving at Oshkosh!  Come on up while the weather’s still good!  Here’s a few tidbits from Monday… Met this couple from Germany in their RV7 flying around the world – we’ll hear more about them soon * Met McKinley Siegfried right after she landed in her Texas Sport (from California) * I met Lee & Carl Lane who flew their 108-2 Stinson from Valporaso. Hope to see Lynn on Ladies Love Taildraggers soon! * Dinner with the Skylane Airport guys, Pete, Ken & Les (well, Ken’s actually from Ohio but’s been a fan of  Skylane for years)! * Here’s Selina Smith who flew her Stinson 108-3 solo from Vancover to OSH!  We’ll be seeing more of Selina on Ladies Love Taildraggers! Today’s when the Lady Taildraggers are supposed to get together – hope we have a big turnout!!...

Susan reports the National Waco Club Fly-in is a big success!

We had a fabulous time…. 32 Wacos made it with two new restorations showing up with less than an hour on each plane! Cliff Hogan and his family (Famous Hogans of Hamilton Ohio) have been working on 14052 for nine years — Cliff worked like a dog until 10 PM Friday night and gave up and drove up to Mt. Vernon.  His cousin and brother stayed behind working on the plane and about noon on Saturday Cliff got word that they got it running and were going to test fly it for about 30 mins….and if all was well, gas her up and head our way.  It was soooo exciting to see her enter the pattern and Cliff was like a little kid filled with excitement.  We were all so happy for him and the plane is just beautiful!   🙂 The other plane was a beautiful UPF-7 that the owners finished up on Friday with 1 hour test flight — and they showed up Saturday morning… the plane is just beautiful.  A testament to a great plane with lots of history behind her. One of the other guys flying the first model Waco Cabin a QDC started last year with everyone signing the lower left wing — and this year he had everyone sign the lower right wing…. a great way to memorialize the impending re-cover job! I gave Jeff Skiles a ride on Thursday and Friday night we all flew until we could barely see any more.  I gave three rides to some people there and the air was like glass.  Saturday we had our banquet and auction — I spent way too much money on things — but it all supports the club so who cares! LOL  Got a gift certificate for a magnito overhaul which was well worth it and a bargain at $215.00 ! Tina and I didn’t get a chance to fly together since they opted to bug out Saturday am to try and beat weather back to Illinois.  She it sooo excited about coming for the LLT fly-in and can’t really decide on whether to bring the Bird or the Waco!...

National Waco Club Fly-in

Did you know the National Waco Club is in the midst of their 51st Reunion and the members are celebrating at a fly-in at 6G4 south of Mt. Vernon, Ohio? Susan Theodelores is spending the bigger part of a week over there and no doubt having a great time.  Probably much to do helping her husband, Andy Heins, who is president of the club. Susan’s keeping us connected! Steve and Tina Thomas made an early arrival!! Whoo hooo! The ladies of Waco are together!!! We have 14 Wacos here so far! Everyone is out flying now. The wind finally died down so I went and got the RNF out of the hangar at Knox County and Jeff Skiles (of Hudson River flight fame and fellow Waco owner) rode back to Wynkoop with me! Thankfully I made a great landing!! The weather is perfect now… Nice and cool… Hopefully more Waco owners fly in tomorrow!!! Look at that fabulous blue sky right there with the fabulous Wacos! If you’re in the area and would like to fly in, check out this link http://www.nationalwacoclub.com/. The event runs through June 27th. Susan knows I love those tails! Thanks, Susan! After waiting out rain and wind, we scampered to the hangar for wheels up at 7 pm… Just under an hour for Andy in the speedy cabin and just over an hour for me in the “stop amd smell the roses” RNF. The planes are tucked in the hangar for the night… We had ice cream for dinner and are now relaxing at the hotel. Vacation has begun!! Will take some photos of the airport tomorrow! When there is more light.   Tucked in for the night!...

Sun ‘N Fun 2010 -Thursday

Sadly, we headed back home Thursday afternoon thanks to a flu “bug” that tried to ruin my otherwise very fun visit. The famous "Green Apples" retractable Mustang II I’m hanging in there and thought I’d add a few observations on what I saw at Sun ‘N Fun. – the poor economy and the windy weather made for a poor turnout, at least early in the week (totally unofficial observation!) – visitors from around the world still come to Lakeland to see for themselves the incredible assortment of airplanes – talk to like minded aviators & aviatrixes – and make lifelong friends.  Heck, that’s why we’re all there! – you don’t have to wonder around long to notice the aviation population is TRULY aging.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s part of life, but now’s the time to share our passion with the next generation.  For what it’s worth, I’m really going to start making an effort to talk it up and give airplane rides to those outside of my aviation circle.  It’s downright sad how few 20 & 30 somethings you see making their way around Sun’n Fun. – Sun ‘n Fun sure could use a fresh, new approach to attracting women aviation enthusiasts.  Just like men, many wives and girlfriends attending do not want to pilot a plane; they come to see their friends, enjoy the sunshine and have a good time.  I think that’s a great thing.  What I don’t understand is how EAA organized visits to the local Tupperware factory or group ladies’ shopping trips can be easier to find than aviation gatherings and forums for women.  Surely I’m just not looking in the right place?!? – Light Sport (LSAs) are all the rage!  It’s shocking how far this industry has grown in no time but be prepared to spend big bucks if you buy new.  You’ve got to ask yourself “would I rather have 2 or 3 or even 4 7AC Champs, or one brand spanking new, factory built LSA?” Judy along with Alice on her first Champ flight! And as far as next year goes, we’ll no doubt be there.  I hear the camping is good but if you’re not into camping, let me know.  I found the perfect spot to stay, reasonably priced, and a mere 25 minutes away!  I’ll fill you in!...

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