Project Update from Linda Melhoff: J3 Cub

Project Update from Linda Melhoff: J3 Cub

Thank you Linda Melhoff, for your J3 Cub project update! Looks like another beauty. There’s no better way to spend the winter than some days in a cozy hangar working on your project.  We enjoy some nice tunes, a hangar lunch and airport friends who stop to check on us or lend a hand when needed.   We’ve made a lot of progress and things are getting exciting so I thought I’d share some pics. – – – – – – – Linda Buroker-Melhoff 7S9, Lenhardt’s Air Haven, Hubbard, Oregon...

Julie Vessigault     (California)

Julie Vessigault (California)

Julie Vessigault considers KAUN, Auburn Municipal Airport, Auburn, California her home airport. I’m not a pilot yet. I chase planes. I clean planes. Sometimes I get to tinker on planes. Sometimes I get to ride in planes. So many people learned to fly in the J-3 Cub. I wish that was still a practical way to learn. Taildraggers do the best aerobatics! (Side note from Judy: Seems we should let Julie know what’s a “practical” aircraft she should learn to fly in. Comments?) I have volunteered at or worked at Airshows for 6 years. This is my 7th. l am beginning to get new and interesting roles and opportunities with Airshows. Also my major new years resolution is to find an apprenticeship opportunity to learn wing rib stitching and fabric covering. I’m not limited to California either. 🙂 Julie Vessigault California...

“Bella” the Best Biplane!

We flew our WACO Taperwing to the fifth anniversary of the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum (WAAAM) in Hood River, Oregon. It was a 3-day event on September 7-9. Over 260 airplanes flew in to enjoy the airplanes, people, food and this amazing museum. This fly-in is the first event we attended since our restoration was finished, and the first ride for me (other than a quick trip around the patch after the first test flight). What an adventure it was! We were shocked and thrilled when our “Bella” was chosen as “Best Biplane” at the event and are looking forward to new adventures to come. You should visit WAAAM if you are ever in the northwest. They boast a collection of 89 aircraft built from 1917 to 1957, all of which fly, and 129 impressively restored automobiles, all of which drive, motorcycles, trucks, tractors, bicycles and more. ——————— We are making progress on our J-3 Cub and hope to have her flying by next summer. I can’t wait to fly with my friend & J-3 owner, Vanessa Jump Nelson. Submitted by Linda Buroker-Melhoff...

A Girl On The Go!!

If you need a lesson in how to jam pack every minute of your weekend with fun and flying ,Vanessa Jump Nelson’s your girl. Thanks Vanessa for forwarding all the great pictures. My personal favorite? ……. The Guppy’s good but Eva’s first “little airplane” ride won out! A recent Saturday my husband and I decided to visit the Tillamook Air Museum. We heard they might be flying some of the historic airplanes during an event called Northwest Classics. When we got there, they wanted us to be part of the display and enter our plane in a competition for $1. We won “Best in Show: Airplane”. * The following Friday I flew to a little grass strip for a 99’s overnighter. I’d never been in there and was worried I might not identify it from the air, but there it was, pretty obvious when I got there. * I called our host for a ride to her home nearby, where we pitched our tents under the tall pine trees on her property. We surprised Oregon Pines Chapter President Debra Plymate for her birthday, and gave her a brick in her honor at the national 99’s museum. After dinner, wine, & birthday cake, I gave a photo presentation on my trip to Oshkosh, and after that we all sat in the hot tub and watched the Perseid meteor shower. I flew back in the morning to my home airport, Twin Oaks, which was having its 40th anniversary celebration. As part of the festivities, I gave a talk on “Aviation for Women: The Fun & Adventure of Flying, and my trip from Oregon to Oshkosh.” All in 30 minutes! I did it! And a bunch of my gal pilot friends in the Willamette Valley Flygirls, flew in to listen and have lunch together there, as they were serving up free burgers & hotdogs all day for the anniversary party. After lunch I gave my son’s girlfriend, Eva, her very first “little airplane” ride. It was the first day of the launch of the new EAA Eagle program, to give intro flights to people 18 and over. Then my husband and I flew off to Independence, Oregon, about 45 minutes south, to hear our son’s concert at Western Oregon University where he was guest performing on saxophone, as counselor for a summer music program. Back at the airport, my husband and I took off and flew to Scappoose, Oregon, about 70 minutes or so north, for a fly-in. We got in about 30 minutes before sunset, camped in our tent under the wing of the Cub, and enjoyed a pancake breakfast on the field in the morning as part of the airshow’s Wings & Wheels festivities. Happy Tailwinds! :0) Vanessa & Tumbleweed...

Jessica Stearns     (Florida)

Jessica Stearns (Florida)

Jessica Stearns is based at KAPF, Naples Municipal Airport, Naples, Florida. I learned to fly a PA-18 in 1956 and have been flying since; 56 years on Aug 27th. I was in The USAF for 20 years – Transport Navigator for 5 years and Pilot for 15 years. Flew for People Express and Continental Airlines for 16 years. Capt. Retired but actively flying my PA-J3 and other TW airplanes. (RV-7 & 8)  I belong to the FL Cub Flyers and we have great monthly fly-outs. Also a GFII & G and instruct in gliders and tailwheel airplanes. These were taken last Oct. at the Antique Airplane and FL Cub Flyers Flyin at Grass Roots, FL. It was a fun day and 7 hrs. RT flying in my J3. * Cheers, Jessica...

Thursday: Ladies Love Taildraggers Day in Vintage at AirVenture

Thursday was LadiesLoveTaildraggers Day in “Vintage” at AirVenture and what a cool thing it was! During AirVenture, Ray Johnson hosts the daily program “Vintage In Review” in the Vintage Red Barn area and invited us to select 3 women taildragger pilots to display and speak about themselves and their aircraft. Ray and I got the ball rolling with a short introduction about LadiesLoveTaildraggers and how it began. Ray’s an easy going, fun guy to talk with and always makes things interesting for his audience. Deb Ings from Colorado flew her 1956 Piper Pacer to Oshkosh with her young son sitting right seat. She spoke about her lifelong interest in flying, the C140 she used to own, the Pacer she now flies and her 20 year career flying for the airlines. Lisa Haag from Houston, Texas talked about driving by her local airport, thinking about someday learning to fly and how she finally cut a deal to trade services for flying lessons. Lisa owns a C140 and displayed and spoke about the Stearman she and her husband own and flew to Oshkosh. Meredith Tcherniavsky from Rockville, Maryland is on an adventure you may have already read about. She and her husband, Dana Holladay, are spending the summer flying their 1938 J3 Cub to all the lower 48 states. Meredith is a CFII and even though she can provide instrument instruction, had never flown a tail wheel aircraft till they bought the Cub. Suddenly, she was the student again and her husband the tailwheel instructor. They are on an incredible journey with only one requirement – be home by Labor Day. Meredith is writing a book which will be published shortly after their trip is complete. Check out their website at http://www.holladayaviation.com/ Participating in Ray’s “Vintage in Review” program was a ton of fun and gave us all an opportunity to talk about what’s dear to each of us about aviation. Many thanks to Deb, Lisa & Meredith and our host, Ray Johnson, founder of the Fly/In Cruise/In!...

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  ...

Masie Veal     (California)

Masie Veal (California)

Masie Veal is based at KRBL, Red Bluff Municipal Airport (her back yard), Red Bluff, California. “I am 16 years old and love our J-3 Cub. I soloed on my birthday and want to go on to get my commercial pilots license. I lost my brother last year in a plane crash and he had soloed in the same J-3 nine years earlier.” “I love flying taildraggers and would love to have a Stearman some day. We have lots of pilots in our family WingsAndRods.com . Masie Veal” It’s amazing how much fun you can have in 22 seconds! Check out Masie learning to fly a Cub. I’m not sure who looks happier, grandpa, Masie or dad! From the Red Bluff Daily News; “My brother was 16 when he soloed in the same plane,” Masie Veal said. “When I saw that, I just really wanted to do that, too.” Scott Veal had planned on watching his sister perform her solo, but he died Sept. 2, 2011 in a mid-air plane crash in Alaska. “In the last conversation I had with her brother, he was excited about her flying,” their father Jeff Veal said. “He had wanted to be here to see her fly.” Just 19 days after Scott’s passing, their mother, Lorry Veal, died of an undetermined natural cause. After her mother passed away, there was a moment when they had to re-evaluate the possibility of performing the flight, Jeff Veal said. It was not that Masie wanted to give up, but it was more about the time frame of getting it done on her birthday. “We wondered if it was going to be hard to get back on the plane, but it really became a healing process for us,” he said. Jeff Veal, a pilot for the state Department of Fish and Game and a flight instructor, taught both his children how to fly. He learned it from his father. “It’s fun and neat to have that connection,” Jeff said. “It’s a common ground that we have.” Jeff, Bob and Scott all worked on restoring the vintage 1947 Piper J-3 Cub that Masie and her brother soloed in. She also wore the same leather jacket that Scott wore when he soloed. “Even though I really wanted to do it, that added some sentimental value,” Masie said. More at Red Bluff Daily News Article by Tang Lor    ...

Stephanie Deckro     (Illinois)

Stephanie Deckro (Illinois)

Stephanie Deckro is based at KSQI, Whiteside County Airport, Rockfalls, Illinois. My day job is interior design and have owned my own design business since 1993.  I always wanted to learn how to fly. So in 2005 I signed up for the ground class at the local community college.  I started flying in a Piper Warrior and received my private pilots certificate later that year. I completed my instrument rating in 2008. Then in 2011 I was given a ride in a Piper Cub. It was such a thrill!  I love the freedom of flying and the taildragger seemed to bring that freedom to a new level. Later that year I was endorsed in that Piper Cub. Since then I have enjoyed flying in a Super Cub, Cessna 140, Cessna 185, Cessna 195, T6 SNJ-5 (Texan) and deHaviland Beaver (DHC-2). I really enjoy landing on grass strips and the watching the beautiful sunsets from the sky.  Now I’m flying a Cessna 140 and loving it! Stephanie Deckro Illinois...

Jennifer Peña     (Texas)

Jennifer Peña (Texas)

Jennifer Peña is based at 3TE8, C Fulcher Ranch Airport, Terlingua/Alpine, Texas. I’m a 45 year old schoolmarm in Terlingua, Texas. I have always had a fascination with flying and knew that someday I wanted to become a pilot. Before moving to west Texas it seemed there was never enough time or money to tackle my dream. Over dinner one evening about 3 years ago, I told my pilot friend that he needed to get his CFI certification so he could teach me to fly. Much to my surprise he informed me that he already WAS a CFI, and we needed to get started. So it began and ended up being a two year process as I had time and money to fly. My first 20 hours were in a 1947 Luscombe 8A. I struggled and struggled with landings. When I went to take my written test, the airport manager asked what I was flying and seemed impressed when I told him. He informed me that taildraggers were harder to land. All that time, I just thought I was a slow learner. I am currently part owner of a Cessna 172, but my heart still belongs to the Luscombe (even though it belongs to another). What a beauty! I have been lucky enough to fly several other taildraggers including a Piper Cub and an open cockpit Pietenpol belonging to my instructor friend. The majority of my training took place out of a little one way dirt strip in the mountainous Big Bend Country of Texas. As I got close to finishing up my training, my instructor referred me to Jean O’Cuilinn, a CFI in a nearby town, who helped me polish up my maneuvers for my check ride. Jean and I have become good friends and I am going to get a chance to fly with her in her awesome Super Decathlon soon (And will be coming to the Savannah, Tennessee LLT Fly-In in it). I have met so many interesting people and had so much fun with flying. I still can’t believe how everything fell into place, especially since I live in such a small town. See you in June, Jen Peña...

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