Volunteer Needed; LadiesLoveTaildraggers

Volunteer opportunity available on LadiesLoveTaildraggers Have I got the perfect little project for someone who would like to volunteer 1 hour a week to help keep our favorite taildraggin’ site up-to-date. Just one hour a week! Under our “Pilot Maps” tab, I’d love to find someone to do a weekly update of our Lady Taildraggers Google Maps. That means adding a little pink marker for each of our new lady taildragger pilots along with their name, airport identifier, airport name, city and state. We can even talk about expanding the info ever so slightly to include aircraft type(s) flown. Rest assured, no phone numbers or emails are ever published on Google Maps or this website. Anyone wanting to contact one of our pilots should send me an email and I’ll be happy to make the connection. Just send me a note if you’re interested. Finally, a job you can do in your pj’s with a cup of hot coffee in-hand! Thanks everybody. Judy Judy.Birchler@gmail.com...

Greetings from the Gulf Coast from Sheila Mabbitt

Sheila Mabbitt has been working in the gulf coast area full-time with the clean up efforts pertaining to the oil spill. She will most likely be demobilized  later this week, however, before heading home she sent us these amazing pictures to post on Ladies Love Taildraggers.  These are incredible pictures – thanks Sheila for forwarding these and the information about your experience. After much thought and consideration and many prayers, I called them Wednesday morning June 30, and accepted their offer and informed my current (now previous) employer that I would be leaving effective the next day. I spent the next day organizing things at home getting ready for this new endeavor and packing my car with bare necessities and headed for Louisiana on Friday, July 2. Photo Op It took me 9 hours to drive down with only 2 fuel/facility stops and I arrived at the airport at 16:00 fully intending on my first day on the job being Saturday, July 3, but ended up being wheels up (on a flight mission) just 20 minutes after my arrival. We have been on duty 7 days a week and when not flying spray missions are doing training sessions, training flights, or computer training for incident command systems & emergency response, etc. Recon Emulsifying * Early Recon Slick * * DC3T tank * Photo Op * Spotter DC-3 Spray It’s no secret these are the same planes used in the BP commercial that’s been playing over the last month or so across the nation. * Turbine Spray If we get released before the weekend, I may try to get up there still for at least part of the weekend to meet you and the rest of these amazing women, so perhaps I will see you then.  Have a great time either way, and thanks again for all your efforts. Blue Skies, Sheila Mabbitt...

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!...

More Lady Taildraggers!!

Check out a few random pictures of some of my lady taildragger Facebook friends. Jessica Srigley active U.S. Air Force * Mel and Laura with Freye Shiller & the big Pitts Next is Lou Renz “21st September 09, at sunset  I achieved my life’s dream. Everything I have ever wanted to be came true.” Lou Renz based both California & UK * Lisa Broody at Sun N Fun 2010 * Yvonne Schoenek, France * Amy Gesch from Wisconsin * Laura Stants based in Indiana *...

Flying a new Cubcrafters Sport Cub home

Here’s a post for everyone that has ever flown a truly monumental cross-country taildragger  flight and anyone that’s still plotting and planning where and how they are going to do it!   These shots were provided by our very own LLT’s Diana Votaw who purchased a new Cubcrafter’s Sport Cub S2 in 2008.  She picked it up at the factory in Yakima, Washington and departed on a solo cross-country flight back to her home near St. Louis, MO.   She took some incredible pictures on her flight home…… Diana Votaw is a CFI and is based at Hunter Field in Sparta Illinois. Here’s a link to Diana’s website: http://votawaviation.com/ Doing what it does best!...

Jeanene Bishop (Minnesota)

Jeanene flies out of GPZ in Bovey, Minnesota.   Pictures pending. I have been a pilot since 1984. I learned in a tricycle gear but have flown only taildraggers since I got my license. I have my land/sea tickets and enjoy float flying very much. We fly skis in the Winter. I have two cute little Champs, NC 84976. Her name is Yellow Bird, and N249MM.  Her name is Minnie Mouse.   Both are down for restoration at this time. We are putting a seaplane door and float fittings on Yellow Bird. I am hoping that Yellow Bird will be in the air again by Spring. We hope to make it to Middletown for the flyin. We also have a PA-12 Super Cruiser, N61465. Her name is Fifi and she is airworthy. We also fly her on floats and skis. My husband, Hal, and I both love to fly and enjoy the low and slow experience that old airplanes give us. We have flown all over the United States. We enjoy going into small grass strips and talking with local people. We have met some very interesting people and heard some great flying stories in our travels....

Pat Wegner (Wisconsin)

Pat Wegner owns and flys a 108 h.p. 1948 Stinson Voyager with a  Franklin engine based in Milwaukee, WI.  Please see her story provided by our friend, Ray Johnson, from the 2008 Marion, Indiana Flyin Drivein. Bright House Networks, Inge Harte, speaks with lady taildragger pilots Pat Wegner & Marge Balaz about their flying activities.  Both of these lady taildragger pilots encourage other women to get into flying and aircraft ownership....