Gail R. Jones     (Illinois)

Gail R. Jones (Illinois)

Gail R. Jones is based at KENW, Kenosha Regional Airport, Kenosha, Wisconsin. Currently I am a Captain with American Airlines, flying 737-800’s. In 1996, I married into an airplane family. My father-in-law (retired United pilot) owns a Piper Cub that I fly. I am also a tow pilot at Hinckley Airport, flying Pawnees. My Husband, Steve, built a Steen Skybolt, which was the first taildragger I soloed in. I flew it or several years before we sold it....

New Taildragger Endorsement: Gail Stillings Burch (Florida)

New Taildragger Endorsement: Gail Stillings Burch (Florida)

I did it….I took two days and drove to Hartford, Wisconsin and met up with Steve Krog from Cub Air. I spent 3.8 hours in the air in his cub and got my endorsement. He taught me so much and made it so much fun. I did three point landings on the turf, on the paved and even on the taxiway. I followed those with wheel landings, then crosswind landings on one wheel, then emergency landings, and slip to landing and short field, soft field and even take offs diagonally across the runway. All the while he sat in the back seat and chuckled “away we go”…..what a blast….he taught me how to prop start and kept me in the front seat to ready myself for the Luscombe. Luscombe N519SB (Sassy Brat) or Stillings Burch (the 1946 Luscombe my son and his wife and I bought, currently being restored by the great crew at Ormond Aircraft) should be in the air by Christmas. Super excited,,,,, Gail Stillings Burch More at Gail Stillings Burch Pilot Profile...

Shalyn (Shay) Applegate     (Missouri)

Shalyn (Shay) Applegate (Missouri)

Shalyn (Shay) Applegate is based at 15MO, Applegate Airport, Queen City, Missouri. Flying has always been in my blood. Both my grandfather and grandmother were pilots, as well as my father and my mother. I actually live on an airport. With flying always being such a part of my life, becoming a pilot was just the next step. When I first started learning to fly at age 18, my father was insistent that I learn to fly in our 1940 J-3. On September 6th of 2013, my flight instructor finally hopped out of the front seat of the Cub and told me to take her around the patch. From that moment, I knew there was no feeling quite like flying my little Cub, cruising low and slow with the wind in my face.  I was sent this way by Mrs. Sharon Tinkler, who has always been quite the inspiration for me. 🙂  I am so looking forward to joining you all. I cannot begin to describe how much I look up to other women pilots. 🙂 Thank you so much for the opportunity! Shay Applegate...

Lynne Finley    (Louisiana)

Lynne Finley (Louisiana)

Lynne Finley is based at St John the Baptist Parish Airport, Reserve, Louisiana. I started flying in a “new” Taylorcraft, a 105 horse model, back in 1986. After flying our 210 for many years, we’ve down-sized to a 1946 J-3. We have three generations flying it now and that makes all of us smile. Look forward to seeing everyone’s info. Lynne Finley...

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!!...

West Coast Cub Fly-in

West Coast Cub Fly-in

What a fun way to fly — surrounded by yellow Cubs! Thank you to Vanessa Jump Nelson from Oregon for showing us how to have a great time! My annual complete, I took my husband with me and we are part of a flight of five yellow Cubs that left Independence Oregon Monday morning, arriving on Lompoc, California Thursday afternoon. Three Cubs (two J3’s and a PA-11) are from Independence, I’m from the Portland area (J3), and our fifth Cub (J3) is another lady Taildragger, Kathryn Perry, and her young daughter, from Sultan, Washington. It’s been a fabulous adventure and the fly-in only just begins today! Fly safe!  Fly yellow! Vanessa Jump Nelson...

Rose B. Ganim     (Massachusetts)

Rose B. Ganim (Massachusetts)

Rose B. Ganim is based at 7B2, Northampton Airport, Northampton, Massachusetts and flies a Cessna 170B. I spent a few days flying a J-3 Cub on skis at Andover-Aeroflex in New Jersey which was some of the most fun ever — even rivaling floats! Damian DelGaizo is a great instructor and is a terrific resource about bush flying and taildragger love right here in the northeast. Some of the photos of that day ended up included with his DVD about Ski Flying. I also got to fly a P-51 Mustang in Florida as a shameless aero-tourist.  What a beautiful machine, and I am proud to say that I am doing the landing and was only a little left of the center line. I never met a taildragger I didn’t like. Looks like a fun website. Take care and safe flying, Rose...

Vanessa Jump Nelson: 9 Random things I love about my taildragger

It’s time we got back to the ladies and let them tell us what random things they love above their taildraggers! Meet Vanessa Jump Nelson who flies a 1946 Piper J3-C named “Tumbleweed”! #1 I can go into little grass strips and get grass decoratively & harmlessly stuck in the tailwheel – a sure sign I’ve been having too much fun. Tailwheel fun #2 I can fly with the door open! Whee! (This was on my way to Osh) #3 Tumbleweed’s name is written on the cowling on both sides, giving my Cub added personality. (Alexis Peltier took this photo) #4 My taildragger shows up in the family photo album going back 40-plus years. #5 The simplicity of the instrument panel – round analog instruments, and very few of them. #6 Low tech fuel gauges: The nose tank gas gauge is a red lid atop a bobbing cork with a metal rod that sticks up through it, the wing tank is a glass tube with a little red ball bobbing in the fuel. #7 I fly solo from the back seat, so my husband, or a friend, will fit nicely in the front seat without a lot of adjustment.  Friend Alexis from Kenya #8 My magneto key is attached to a yellow beaded bracelet made by the Masai people, a gift specifically given to Tumbleweed by my fly-buddies Alexis Peltier & Michel Laplace-Toulouse, who recently returned to their homes in Kenya, Africa but plan to be back next year to fly a Supercub from Oregon to Kenya. Masai bracelet/Keyring from Kenyan fly buddies Alexis Peltier & MIchel LaPlace-Toulouse #9 It got me from Oregon to Oshkosh and back safely. Ya gotta love that! :0) On the way to Osh & 6,600 MSL My husband and I flying together!...

Vanessa Jump Nelson’s flight over the Cascades in her J3 Cub

“Thank you” to Vanessa Jump Nelson for this post about some fun summer flying in a Cub. Her flight was round-trip 7S3 Stark’s Twin Oaks Airport to S21 Sunriver Airport, Oregon. I flew my Cub over the Cascades a couple days ago & took my husband to Sunriver. We took off when skies were reporting clear but quickly went to something entirely different.  We found a hole & put down at MMV to wait it out a couple of hours.  That meant arriving in the afternoon, so we got bounced around quite a bit and air density was a concern. Here’s a few shots of the view (from 7500′ on the way over and 8500′ on the way back) in a Cub!  “Tumbleweed” has never been up that high before with me at the controls!  * A very satisfied pilot, kicking back at the restaurant.  We rented a tandem bicycle and rode it a few miles to a very lovely restaurant on the property of a nearby golf course. * The shadow of our tandem cycle.  (Tandem Cub, tandem cycle, makes sense, right?)  We left in the wee hours of the morning when everything was smooth as glass and the view was pristene. Vanessa Nelson, LLT Portland, OR based at Twin Oaks...

Ginger Davidson     (Indiana)

Ginger Davidson (Indiana)

Ginger Davidson lives at 64I, Lee Bottom Airport, Hanover, Indiana. Although not one person in my family flies, I acquired a sense of adventure from my parents since we had traveled as a family to every state except Hawaii (via car) by the time I had graduated from High School. That’s just one of the stories that I tell when asked why I learned to fly. The others involve rebellion and are probably best told over a glass of wine after a long day in the sun at Oshkosh. –   While at Blakesburg a couple years ago, Rich went flying in some neat airplane and I got to ride on a motorcycle with Paul Poberezny. After receiving a nomination and appointment to the US Naval Academy (in the 80’s), I made a political statement by turning down this prestigious school because at this point in history they were not letting women fly fighters and I felt that the rules needed to be changed. I went on to study accounting and computer science and once established in my career, was able to finally explore my passion for flight. Captivated with flying and the challenge of learning more, I expanded on my initial goal of only obtaining a private pilot certificate with additional ratings: glider, instrument, commercial multi-engine, commercial single-engine and CFI. I even went a step further by learning how a human can actually fly like a bird by obtaining a Class A Sky Diving certificate and can tell you that it is the most fun a person can have with their clothes on. I bought my first airplane – a Citabria – to gain experience in tailwheel airplanes. I had heard that they have a special magic about them and had to find out what it was all about. Once checked out in my favorite bird, I went on a trip to Frankenmuth Michigan. Why? I don’t know because Michigan is cold in November! But, I was determined to camp under the wing of my very own plane. The men at that little airport are probably still talking about that crazy girl that wouldn’t come inside that very cold night. But, I was living my own dream! The little green airplane that was affectionately called “The Grasshopper” took me around the country and eventually led me to find “the man of my dreams”. This barnstormer of a pilot, Rich, owned an airport and was just as much in love with flying as me– probably more. Today, we own, operate, and manage the airport, have expanded the runway to be among the longest public use grass runways in the country, and are incorporating a museum to remember the airports of yesteryear. We host the largest fly-in event of its type, publish an online aviation publication that has over 7000 subscribers, and have many other dreams and plans for the airport known by most general aviation pilots in the country as Lee Bottom Flying Field. Although enamored with the freedoms associated with flying, I feel most at home in the middle of the woods. I could spend hours watching nature and often wonder why everyone looks right past the small things in life. In my late 30’s, I took 3 months off from my career and hiked over 1000 miles of the Appalachian Trail from just north of Atlanta, Georgia to Harper’s Ferry just outside of Washington DC. This experience taught me a lot about myself and others. Because of my countless hours spent backpacking and GPS experience gained from aviation, I was recently chosen from thousands of applicants to help Backpacker Magazine on a mapping project of the Continental Divide Trail. My love for the outdoors has also led me to have hobbies in gardening, beekeeping, maple syrup production, and I have recently started raising sheep which help me to mow the grass at the airport. Today, I consider myself “semi-retired” which means that I’m working harder than ever while being under-appreciated, under-utilized, and under-paid. I have been involved in the 99’s, served on the executive board for the Indianapolis Air Show, flown WWII trainers to airshows dressed as a WASP, ferried airplanes to Alaska, held the Wing Leader position for the Indiana Wing of the CAF, and been a member and leader of many other aviation clubs and organizations. I am also involved in Rotary, DAR, our local Chamber of Commerce, Indiana BeeKeeper’s Association, Gun Owner’s of America, American Sheep Industry Association, our local Girl’s Inc affiliation, and the Jefferson County Republican Women’s Club. I have rebuilt car engines, worked in an aircraft restoration shop, rode motorcycles, and started my own business from scratch. My duties at the airport have put me on a batwing mower instead of behind the stick of my Piper Cub, Champ, or RV-3. For the past 10 years, I’ve spent all my spare time ensuring that others have a place and a reason to go flying. My resolution for 2012 is to find others to take over some of these responsibilities so I can get back into the air. I’m hoping that by meeting more ladies who love taildraggers, I will be more motivated to accomplish this goal. I am excited that women are now flying fighter jets and I look forward to the next stage in my life which my husband lovingly dubs my ‘silver fox’ days. – Thanks! Ginger Davidson www.LeeBottom.com  ...

Page 1 of 212