Margaret Rogers     (Oklahoma)

Margaret Rogers (Oklahoma)

Margaret Rogers is based at KRVS, Richard Lloyd Jones Jr Airport, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Last October I had the opportunity to go on a river run in a J3 Cub. When I got back home I told my husband how much fun the Cub had been to fly ~ he told me to go for my tailwheel endorsement so I could fly it myself. Wednesday, July 10th, I earned my TW endorsement. Now we are in the process of buying a share in a J3 Cub. Can’t wait to go fly in it! Woohoo!!...

Flight of 10 Cubs Video

Flight of 10 Cubs Video

Above photo from 2012 Fly-in. Video & comments from Vanessa Jump Nelson: Thirty Cubs had flown in by Thursday and a total of 60 Cubs flew in by Friday night. I was honored to take noted aviation photographer Eric Presten up to shoot some “setting sun” photos of a formation flight of three Cubs on Friday night. On Saturday my husband was my bombardier for flour bombing, which culminated with a short-field landing competition. My husband and I also flew in a formation flight of ten for the “Lighthouse Tour” and photo shoot, which lasted about an hour and was great fun! Saturday night was the awards ceremony. Although none of us in our group from Oregon won the flour bombing competition or the short-field landing contest, our squadron leader, Robin Reid, took home two highly coveted awards: “Best Cub” and also the “Pilots’ Choice Award” for his beautifully restored Cub 3614K. Kathryn Perry won the first place award for coming the “Greatest Distance” (from near Seattle, Washington), her little daughter Jessica won first place for the “Vintage Hollywood” themed costume contest, Al Cleveland (one of the others in our flight of five) won a bag of beans, and Robin’s son won a free fuel fill up for a Cub. Best of all, we all had a blast!...

Lane Davis    (Georgia)

Lane Davis (Georgia)

Lane Davis is based at (KPDK) DeKalb Peachtree Airport, Atlanta, Georgia and sent in this wonderful pilot update! 2 Years ago, learning to fly in a 1946 JR Piper Cub, with my dad as my instructor It’s funny to think back to when I first signed up for Ladies Love Taildraggers: I made my page, wrote a blurb, and sent in a few pictures, and never wrote again. I had to remember to bring a camera out to the airport because I didn’t have any photos of myself with the plane – now I have more than I know what to do with. Back then I didn’t know where flying would take me – I still don’t, but I’m enjoying the ride. My neglect of this page is a little embarrassing; I suppose I told myself I was too busy with school and, of course, flight training, to spend time reading and writing about flying. But now, as a senior in high school during fall semester I have less time than ever – what with school, college application, fall sports, and, of course, flying, – but find myself wanting to spend all my time reading flying magazines and writing about flying. So I’ve decided to take a break from my college essays to chronicle a few of my fun (and not so fun) flying experiences over the last 20 months. Last fall, my dad began teaching me about cross-country flights – old school (paper maps, wind calculators, plotters, and compasses). Here I found a new favorite thing about flying: drawing a line across a map and following it! I love dead reckoning and pilotage, watching the little symbols on the map turn into mountains and buildings and rivers beneath me, following that line from one end to another, and exploring all the fun airports around Georgia. My dad and I took lots of trips in the Cubby together; one day we flew up to Suches in the mountains of Georgia and landed on a grass strip to visit some friends. On May 28, 2011, I soloed for my fist time. I soloed at the same airport where I trained: Peachtree-Dekalb, the second busiest airport in the state. It was exhilarating! It was a busy morning at PDK and the tower controller asked me to extend my down wind twice and turn an early crosswind. Luckily, I was used to all the chatter and demands on pilots. One of our favorite photos shows me coming in to land on runway 20R while a King Air comes in to land on 20L (he looks like he’s going to eat me alive!): My landings were all good, and, to my extreme pleasure, I had one squeaker: And finally, my Dad cut my shirt tail! The summer after my first solo (sophomore year of high school) I wasn’t at home. But when I returned in the fall, it was back to flying. In October, I soloed out of the pattern for the first time. It was a quick flight, and my dad had flown with me earlier that day, but when I came back to the airport alone the wind had picked up. I wasn’t used to how light the plane was without my dad in it and on the landing, I ground looped the cub. I was so upset and embarrassed. My dad and I had worked in the pattern for so long, but I was still defeated by that crosswind. After the ground loop, my dad and I spent many more weeks working in the pattern on crosswind technique with winds as strong as 25 knots before I soloed again. I lost a lot of time and a lot of confidence due to that ground loop – I’ll never forget it. Even after I could handle any crosswind the airplane could it took me months to regain confidence in my skills. Last June (just a few months ago) I passed my check ride, receiving my sport pilots license. I’m so happy to finally have my license, and I’m so glad I earned it in the cub! Finally, this morning I went out to the airport and arrived just as the sun was rising. It was a quiet weekend morning; few business jets leaving and it was too early for the usually general aviation crowd. I silently pulled the Cubby out of the hangar by her prop. The chilly early morning breeze stirred an excitement and anticipation of my flight in me (even though I was only working in the pattern). I felt a new type of freedom – different from the liberation that comes from getting your drivers license or turning eighteen; this freedom was about simply being and enjoying. I wasn’t flying to get anywhere or prove anything; I was just flying. I took this photo this morning; the airport is certainly a nice place to wait for the sunshine. Thanks! Lane Davis  ...

Rowena Mason     (California)

Rowena Mason (California)

Rowena Mason is based at Santa Paula Airport (KSZP), Santa Paula, California. Rowena just keeps checking them off her “must fly” list! Fun news from Olmsted Aviation, Santa Paula, California, March 12, 2012. “Congratulations to Rowena Mason on her successful completion of our S1 Checkout, which concluded with her first solo in her own S1-S this afternoon!” From http://olmstedaviation.com ——————- Posted 8/8/2011:  In addition to the Stearman pictured and the J3 Cub we own and fly…. 1953 Piper Pacer, another 1941 Stearman with a 450 P&W engine, and a really cool Sportavia Putzer RF4D motor glider.  We actually have seven airplanes right now, some are still projects. * – I bought my Cub in 1985 shortly after I moved to Southern California.  I have an aircraft fabric covering shop at Santa Paula Airport. My husband and I rebuild and fly antique airplanes.  My Stearman was purchased from a crop duster auction and my husband and I completely restored it. It has a Jacobs 275 hp engine conversion and had its first flight in April of 2010. I have never been to Galesburg, but have always wanted to make the journey.  I wish I could fly it back to Galesburg this year for the Stearman Fly In. You know how that goes, time or money, or both…… this year it’s both.  Great to communicate, I had no idea there was this group, it looks like a fun bunch. Rowena Mason...

April Gowan’s Flight of Five formation flight

April Gowan says, “Had a great time flying a J3 Cub last week with friends. 5 total! We were just out for a ride around our town. Awesome stuff!!” hold Hold...

Carolyn Ridley     (Virginia)

Carolyn Ridley (Virginia)

Carolyn Ridley is based at KCJR, Culpeper Regional Airport, Culpeper, Virginia. I am a CFII MEI and ATP pilot and of course teach in my Citabria.  I have a Cessna 172 and a twin Comanche too. I especially enjoy teaching kids to fly.  My best student is a 14 year old girl.  Taildraggers are never boring and still represent the romance and awesome gift we have of flying. – Carolyn Ridley...

Vanessa Jump Nelson and her J3 flight!

Vanessa Jump Nelson and her J3 flight!

This was sent in by our very own, and totally cool, Vanessa Jump Nelson for your viewing & reading pleasure. Vanessa says, “I just have to share!” Independence in the truest sense of the word!  Since my first Cub solo several weeks ago I’ve been flying several times a week.  I took my Cub in to Aurora airport when “Nine o’ Nines” the B-17 was visiting, and I got to park next to it and get a photo.  My Cub ended up becoming, for a few hours at least, part of a display that included not just the B-17, but also a PT-22, and a P-51 Mustang.  My “Tumbleweed” fit right in. I gave Linda a ride back to her home airport afterward, and she became my second passenger that I have ever given a ride to.  She and her husband are restoring a Waco biplane, and she soloed in a Cub many years ago, with her mother as her CFI. That was a couple weeks ago.  I followed that adventure up with being able to say that “On Independence Day, I flew to Independence, Oregon, independently!”  Attached is a photo I took on the way back to Twin Oaks. I know it’s only a little more than 70 miles round trip when you use the AirNav calculator, but it felt like a big step for me, as it was the first time I’d been to Independence by myself. I thought it was kind of fun to do it on Independence Day!  :0) Vanessa Jump Nelson Tumbleweed’s pilot...

Jennifer Treese     (Arizona)

Jennifer Treese (Arizona)

My name is Jennifer Treese and I live in Tucson, Arizona and fly out of the Marana Regional Airport (AVQ). I’ve been flying for just over three years now and received my private in July 2008. I started tailwheel training in January 2009 in a friend’s RV-6 but didn’t finish my training because the plane had to go back to Oregon where her parents live. I finished my tailwheel endorsement in June of 2010, this time flying an Aeronca Chief that my flight instructor had access to. Shortly after this I started working on my instrument rating and wasn’t doing much tailwheel flying. There are no flight school in Tucson that have tailwheel training or anywhere to rent! Last August, right before my instrument checkride my flight instructor and friend passed away in an aircraft accident and although I didn’t stop flying, I didn’t have access to the Chief anymore. That is, until recently. A couple friends just bought a 1946 Cessna 140 and we created a type of flying club for the three of us. The plane is absolutely beautiful and so much fun to fly! I just recently finished my checkout in it and I am so excited to fly it all the time! Finally, I have a taildragger to fly! I’ve also flown a 1941 Piper Cub and a P-51 Mustang, “Betty Jane”, which was awesome! In addition to flying the 140 now, I am working on my commercial certificate and just finished my masters degree in Aeronautical Science. Jennifer Treese...

3 Yellow Cubs Formation Flights!

Diana Votaw’s getting darn good at creating great little videos and here’s a new one to prove it! Of course, how could they help being great, she’s flying low over the OK18 area with 2 other Cubs! In the video, the tag “April Lands” is April Nesin flying with Diana and she might be a new LLT to come? Oh, and when you see something strange coming out of one of the Cubs a couple times – it’s the toilet paper game! And yes, not sure how we made the cover shot but that’s me and Boyd and Melanie Amos dancing around Diana’s Cub. She’s probably thinking “would ya get outta my way so I can fly this thing!” OK18 – 3 yellow Cubs!! from Diana Votaw on Vimeo....

Lynn O’Donnell     (Florida)

Lynn O’Donnell (Florida)

Lynn O’Donnell is based at (7FL6) Spruce Creek Airport, Daytona Beach, Florida. I first flew Cubs as an employee of Piper, then DC-3s in charter and skydiving operations. Years later I bought a Stinson 108-3 Flying Station Wagon which I still have and love. I’ve flown it up and down the east coast, from NJ out to Denver and to Memphis. I’m now hanging out in central FL finding all kinds of grass strips and open fields to land in. Now that I’ve retired from the airlines, I keep current as a CFI giving tailwheel checkouts....

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