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...

Andrea Eldridge     (California)

Andrea Eldridge (California)

Andrea Eldridge is based at KCNO, Chino Airport, Chino, California. FAA Designated Pilot Examiner.  Assistant Editor Warbird Digest magazine.  Former Trans World Airline pilot. My husband built this 1947 Luscombe for me and now we are restoring a Luscombe Phantom from the Golden Age of Aviation! – Andrea Eldridge FAA Designated Pilot Examiner  ...

Lee Bottom Flying Field Sinful Sunday!

I’m so sorry if you don’t live close enough to fly to Lee Bottom Airfield (I64) in the summertime. Its a frequent destination for vintage taildraggers and antique airplanes and a spot not to be missed by taildraggers traversing cross-country. The gate keepers to the airfield are Rich & Ginger Davidson who own and operate this 4000′ grass strip in the Indiana low lands along side the Ohio River. When you’re flying right downwind for 36 you might have one wing in Indiana and the other in Kentucky. It’s a beautiful, scenic spot that’s been known to make you feel like you’ve traveled back in time – a time when airplanes all had a tailwheel and you could sit under a tree and be happy doing just that. In the summer months Rich & Ginger host a Sinful Sunday one Sunday a month  (i.e. sundae) and the sundaes are FABULOUS.  Last Sunday it was Strawberry Twinkie sundaes and all I can say is OMG!  Fresh strawberries, whipped cream, ice cream, twinkies and a cherry on top. Can it get any better?! And I wasn’t the only one thinking that! Did I mention that they work really hard pulling this off so we can all fly-in for a tasty &  fun afternoon? OK, ice cream aside, there’s more to see than just ice cream….. I always think the people I meet at fly-ins are the most interesting folks. I had to meet this next lovely lady – she was wearing an Aeronca Champ t-shirt and carrying a 99er’s bag – had to be one of us! Let me introduce you to Kaye Combs Moore from Lexington, KY who learned to fly in a Champ at Bowman field in 1958. Not many women flying Champs back in ’58! Very cool, Kaye! – – – But when it’s all said and done, this is what we all came to see…. – – – Oh, heck yes, ya gotta see my S7 heading home…. – – Hope you get a chance to visit Lee Bottom some day too. http://www.leebottom.com/ Judy...

Darlene Rudisill     (Alaska)

Darlene Rudisill (Alaska)

Darlene Rudisill is based at Moose Pass, Alaska in the summers and flies on the west side of the Kenai Peninsula the rest of the year. My friend, Joy Smith, sent me the link to this web site.  This is really awesome.  I’m very excited about being a part of this community. In 1975 my Grandfather taught me to fly in a Luscombe, off of a dirt strip in San Diego, CA.  I have had a passion for flying all of my life, especially taildraggers.  I got my CFI in 1980. In the beginning I taught in all Piper singles including a Super Cub and also in a Bellanca Scout.  As time went by I flew and taught in anything I could get my hands on. I still have the Luscombe that I started in and finished a full restoration on her in March of 2008.  Her maiden flight was out of Chino, CA.  Last May I flew her from Southern California to her new home in Soldotna, Alaska. I have made aviation my lifetime career.  I love most all airplanes.  I have done Charter and Corporate flying in Lear Jets, but I really love being a flight instructor and that is all I do now. I have a CFII MEI Land and Single Engine Sea. The Wilga I flew from Canada to So Cal for someone and checked out some other pilots in it.  It is an interesting beast. I spend my summers teaching float flying in Super Cubs out of Moose Pass, Alaska and in the winter I live and fly on the west side of the Kenai Peninsula. These last four pictures are from my wedding, Sept. 19, 2009.  My husband Allan and I got married at one of my very favorite places on earth, at the dock in Moose Pass, Alaska, where I teach in the summer. * * Looking forward to getting to know some of the other ladies....

Sharon Tinkler    (Tennessee)

Sharon Tinkler (Tennessee)

Sharon Tinkler is based at Tullahoma Regional Airport (KTHA), Tullahoma, Tennessee. Sharon with her former Luscombe “Gracie”, N1955K I am just a private pilot who loves Luscombes. I currently own and fly a Luscombe 8F and a Luscombe 11A Sedan. I will shamelessly kidnap and feed any lady tailwheel pilot that I hear in the pattern at Tullahoma, and return her to her plane unharmed but nourished.  My favorite flying is really long X-C’s, but now that my husband requires care for his advancing MS, I don’t get to do that much. Got the IFR rating when I lived in Annapolis because you have to have it there. Got the ticket wet a few times flying for Angel Flight in my Cherokee then – that was 700 hours ago, though. I keep the rating “legally current” which is a far cry from actually going into IMC. The Luscombe is tricked out for it though in case.  My ticket, rating, and airplane ownership predated my husband. He got all of his own, too....

Linda Schumm   (Illinois)

Linda Schumm (Illinois)

Linda Schumm is based at 3MY, Mount Hawley Auxiliary Airport, Peoria, Illinois and flies a 1947 Luscombe 8A and a 1945 Grumman TBM Avenger. My first tailwheel was a 1947 Luscombe 8A – I still own it. Then I learned to fly the T-6 (perhaps the biggest flying challenge of my life!).  I co-own a 1945 Grumman TBM Avenger. Now that’s a fun airplane, and it’s easy to fly. I’ve been flying for 24 years but just got hooked on tailwheels about 8 years ago. I have flown my Luscombe as far as Mt. Rushmore and have flown the Avenger throughout the Midwest. When I’m not playing with those, I own and operate a flight school in Peoria where we teach in glass cockpit aircraft.  I’m a CFI, CFII and MEI. Talk about both ends of the spectrum!  I hope to bring the Luscombe to the fly-in....

Amy Gesch   (Wisconsin)

Amy Gesch (Wisconsin)

Amy Gesch is based at Hartford Municipal Airport (HXF) , Hartford, Wisconsin and flies a J3 Cub. From Amy:  “I love the site idea, it’s awesome!  Feel free to cut my “about me” down . . . I just started rambling and it probably sounds a lot like me tooting my own horn. Same on the pictures; I probably have way too many but I do love that little yellow airplane! : )” From Judy; No way Amy, I love ALL your pictures, your excitement, enthusiasm and love for “that little yellow airplane”! I’m Amy, and I think I have an addiction to Cubs (kind of like, “I have a fever . . . and the only prescription is more cowbell!”).  I got my private pilot’s license at 18 in a J-3 (they forced me to fly a 150 to do the VOR tracking and unusual attitude recoveries), and became a sport pilot CFI in the J-3 last year.  I’m currently an even 20 years of age, applying for scholarships like mad to get my instrument rating to become a full-fledged CFI. “My” Cub, which truly belongs to my former flight instructor (who will always be my flight instructor), is 21Y, and she is my best friend.  I got to take her to school with me for 3 weeks last spring (yes, that is good for cool points), and I drained my carefully guarded savings account, putting 26 hours on the airplane, never with an empty front seat.  Well worth it! We also flew to Lock Haven, PA, for the Sentimental Journey fly-in.  I wrote about that trip on my blog http://aflyingstory.blogspot.com and the story ended up getting published in Plane & Pilot last October!  See http://www.planeandpilotmag.com/pilot-talk/a-flight-ill-never-forget/cross-country-cubbing.html We even somehow won the spot landing contest!   21Y and I also headed to Blakesburg, IA, for the Antique Airplane Association fly-in in 2009 and received the Butler-Brown award for the youngest pilot in a pre-1956 aircraft. 21Y is the cover girl on EAA’s 2010 calendar, and we appeared together on NAFI Mentor magazine’s cover in November 2009.  21Y, my instructor Steve Krog, and I are the picture on the Learn to Fly website (learntofly.org) and I somehow appeared with 21Y in the May 2010 issue of Sport Aviation. I had the privilege of flying a Super Decathlon once and got to do a few loops and rolls (WAY COOL!).  I also have time in a Luscombe. I’m currently working on hosting a Learn to Fly day at my home airport (HXF) where Cub Air, the flight school I learned at/am still learning at/am instructing at is located.  I’m super excited to see some new people come out to learn to fly in the J-3 fleet! Although it’s sort of nerdy, I have calculated that 87.5% of my flying time is in a tailwheel aircraft (I’m looking forward to the 90% mark). 21Y and I may be headed to Lock Haven, finances permitting, but I’m really saving up for the Barnstorming trip (barnstormingmovie.com), which I can’t wait for!  ...

Deb McFarland    (Georgia)

Deb McFarland (Georgia)

Deb McFarland flies a 1948 Luscombe 8E named “Lester” and is based at Pickens County Airport, JZP, in Jasper, Georgia. I started flying in 1997 as an empty nester because I was tired of being an airport widow. My husband, Henry, has been a pilot for 35 years and has owned his Luscombe 8A, Lucy, for nearly that long. I have about 1600 hours flight time now with most of them in Lester, my 1948 Luscombe 8E. We have a great airport gang (The Front Porch Gang) at our base airport, Pickens County Airport, JZP, in Jasper, Georgia. For years, Henry and I flew to fly-ins and events together, but that has changed somewhat since we inherited our niece, Keely. Flying is second nature to her since she has never known anything else, but we have to adjust our travels around school now. Henry is a P.E. with the USDA and will retire at the end of the year. He is also an A&P, IA. In one way it’s nice to have my own personal IA. On the other, he uses his position to get lots of home-cooked meals and foot rubs. I guess it’s a fair trade. I have been an aviation columnist since 1995, first for The Southern Aviator and now for the General Aviation News. That’s the McFarland clan in a nut shell! N45863 1946 Luscombe 8A, his N1347B 1948 Luscombe 8E, hers N71532 1946 Luscombe 8A, Keely’s N2137C 1954 Cessna 195B, Restoring...

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