Marilyn Pearson    (Connecticut)

Marilyn Pearson (Connecticut)

Marilyn Pearson is based at (KHFD) Hartford-Brainard Airport, Hartford, Connecticut. I started flying taildraggers when I was a teen, in gliders.  My love of aviation had to wait till I finished college and saved for my power ratings.  I had the great fortune of getting to know several tailwheel pilots while I was still a student pilot.  They would take me flying in Luscombes and Cubs.  I was bitten. My first airplane was a Skybolt.  I combined my love of aerobatics, biplanes and tailwheel all in one.  I was a competitive gymnast thru college and couldn’t wait to learn aerobatics! My current career as a FAA Inspector allows me to fly in many tailwheel aircraft, as I am a national resource pilot and travel throughout the country doing checks for other pilots.  I rarely get to fly with other women, and got very excited to see this group. I have a partnership in a Cub, on floats in the summer and wheels in the winter.  I’m fortunate to have 2 friends with Extra 300s and fly those till my eyes turn bloodshot!  I would love to have a share in a Stearman, any takers?...

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....

Channon Boullion     (Florida)

Channon Boullion (Florida)

Channon Boullion is based at Merritt Island, Florida (KCOI) and flies a Cub. “I currently fly for the airlines but my passion is flying a Cub with the windows open!” “I met some ladies in the club a couple weeks ago flying the Cub around and they asked me to register! Thanks!!! I look forward to meeting more great ladies!”...

Vanessa Jump Nelson     (Oregon)

Vanessa Jump Nelson (Oregon)

Vanessa Jump Nelson flies a J-3 Cub and is based at Stark’s Twin Oaks (7S3) in Hillsboro, Oregon. I had my first flight at 6 weeks old with my dad, who was licensed in 1947, and I grew up taking it for granted that we flew to Grandma’s in Central Washington on weekends, and up to the Puget Sound to get oysters in the seaplane.  I got my Private in 1979 and then didn’t fly for decades.  My kids are grown now, and when my dad died in 2004, I took a few A & P classes to better understand the process, and hired Evergreen Aviation & Restoration in Vancouver to help me restore my Dad’s J-3 that he and I had flown around Oregon, as it was filled with my memories of landing in farmer’s fields and on little sandbars. They’d sold the wood wings & engine.  We had some metal spars and a few ribs, so the new wings were built up from there.  I bought an 0-200 Continental and did the STC for that, which required a new engine mount, special prop, and an additional 18 gallon wing tank.  While we were at it, we added float fittings….just in case we ever wanted to put her on floats. “Tumbleweed” was based at Evergreen Field in Vancouver from when Dad bought it in 1969 till he took it apart and shelved it there in the hangar in the early 90’s.  It was a five year process, and I just got it flying in May and am almost ready to “second solo”. At the 2010 Northwest Antique Airplane Club Fly-In it received awards for “Best Piper Long Wing” and “The Rod Stillinger Award for Best J-3 Cub”. Thanks to instructor Eldon Fitzgerald for helping me get her over there. It’s hangared at Stark’s Twin Oaks, in Hillsboro Oregon.  At Twin Oaks I’ve taken a portion of my instruction from Emily Stark, a female taildragger specialist, who also grew up with a J-3 and happens to be the daughter of one of my late father’s flying buddies! * Cool to see Julie Richardson (with Friskie the biplane) on here!  She lives across the street from where my parents lived at Evergreen, and gave me some advice in the beginning.  She saw T.W. in storage and she came to Pearson and talked to me there last weekend....

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!...

Tammy Barron   (Alaska)

Tammy Barron (Alaska)

Tammy Baron flies out of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport (ANC), Anchorage, Alaska. * I have a J3 Cub and fly a B747-400  for Atlas Air Cargo out of Anchorage,  Alaska. I have flown L100 (C130), Twin Otters, B747-200, B737, DC10, MD11 and now the 400 and soon 800 series of B747’s. My boyfriend has a Staggerwing and an N3N (that I hope to get checked out in) and 2 Barons and a Mooney. We are partners on the J3 Cub. Would love to join your club! *...

Two of the Stewarts at “Red Stewart Airfield”

Two of the Stewarts at “Red Stewart Airfield”

Kim Stewart from Red Stewart Airport, Waynesville, Ohio (40I) forwarded this little note and pictures. “Hello, I have attached two pics for your website and FB. Great idea to have a “Ladies Love Taildraggers” website!” From their website, Red Stewart Airfield is a family owned and operated grass field. The airport and the Stewart family are dedicated to the preservation of grass roots aviation and the more basic “stick and rudder” skills that are slowly being lost. Sara manages the family business, Stewarts Aircraft Service. “I should try to get a group photo of all the women that fly at 40I, we have quite a few!! Thanks, Kim Stewart”  Kim,  you  are absolutely right – we would love to have pictures of all the taildragging gals at Red Stewart!  We’ll be looking for them!!!  Judy...

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!  ...

Gwen Vasenden     (Nevada)

Gwen Vasenden (Nevada)

Gwen is based at O02 in Reno, Nevada and owns & flies a J3 Cub and a Cessna 195. The above photo was just forwarded by Gwen and taken by her daughter on a recent visit to Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Looks like a beautiful 195 Gwen.  We’re delighted to see your “other love”! What else have you got stashed in that hangar?!? I fly a J3 Cub and a 195 Cessna, love both.  My husband taught me to fly in 1953.  We shared our love of flying for 54 years, he passed  on 2 years ago.  I have private & instrument certifications.  I flew to Fredricksberg, TX fall of 2008, 23 hours in the 195 and it was wonderful!...

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