Debbie King     (Texas)

Debbie King (Texas)

Debbie King is based at KADS, Addison Airport, Dallas, Texas. I fly a Falcon 900 B/C/EX and warbirds. I’m stick & rudder master class training with Brian Lansburgh right now at Sisters Airport, Oregon.    ...

Ginny Stromberg     (New York)

Ginny Stromberg (New York)

Ginny Stromberg is based at KITH, Ithaca Tompkins Regional Airport, Ithaca, New York. Update Summer 2016 Home base still KITH for now…  But I was in Northern NJ for the last two summers. I spent last summer (2015) flying around Andover NJ in a SuperCub decked out for flying the Bush. It was part of a course in learning bush flying techniques. Once that was completed, summer 2016, I started learning to fly a Stearman around the skies of Andover, NJ. Both planes are awesome in their own way!! I think flying both of them has made me a better pilot and given me a wider path of knowledge. NOW on to finishing my commercial once and for all this fall/winter… I think I’d like to become a CFI too so I can teach in tail-wheels eventually. Ginny March 2015 I fly out of KITH. Love Tailwheel airplanes! I remember at my first flight school (where I soloed). They had this beautiful Citabria that I just found enchanting, but since my goal at the time was to fly a big jet, it just seemed impractical to learn to fly it, so it just sat in the corner of the hangar, lonely. No one ever seemed to fly it. And because no one flew it, it got sold…. I was sad the day it flew off, never returning. I sorely regretted never having flown it. I went on to solo at the first school but couldn’t escape that I’d missed out on that Citabria. My second flight school (where I got my private pilot) also has a Citabria. But again, being on this big jet dream I put off flying the Citabria… but ALWAYS looked toward it. I went on and finished private pilot at the second flight school, as well as Instrument, and started Commercial…. BUT just needing a break from commercial and wanting to do something fun… (and after the second school starting talking about selling their Citabria too, if someone didn’t fly it) I set out to get my tailwheel endorsement in it. And, yeah know what… I LOVE the Citabria. I got my endorsement in 2014 and flew it locally solo with great joy and pride for hours that summer and fall (it’s too cold for fabric planes around in winter) and look forward to flying it in spring. The most fun plane I’ve flown to date and I am so glad I finally just learned to fly it. It’d been calling me from the start. I don’t dream of big jets anymore, I dream of tailwheel flying. I’d like to eventually go on to finish my commercial and CFI, and teach in tailwheel. Along, with that I’d love to experiment with flying other tailwheel airplanes....

Thank you to our Veterans from Diane Sokolowski

Thank you to our Veterans from Diane Sokolowski

Saluting our Veterans! Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2015 Freedom to Fly…Thanks Veterans!! Continuing to spread the passion of LadiesLoveTaildraggers! Diane       Diane Sokolowski Pilot Profile...

Jen Topper     (Oregon)

Jen Topper (Oregon)

Jen Topper is based at KBDN, Bend Municipal Airport, Bend, Oregon. Helicopter CFI with a passion for taildraggers! I aspire to have as much gumption as pioneering aviators Pheobe Omlie, Louise Thaden and Marvel Crosen. Why taildraggers? Is there anything else? Oh right. No thank you on the training wheels. Additionally, I’m a wing walker and the way to my heart is through a Stearman!...

Mona Polson (Folstad)     Texas

Mona Polson (Folstad) Texas

Mona Polson (Folstad) is based at 52F, Northwest Regional Airport, Roanoke, Texas. Mona’s airplane-of-choice is N621SR – a 1942 Stearman with a 450 HP radial engine (fill the oil and check the gas, please!) This is the same airplane used in the Clint Eastwood Movie “Space Cowboys.” Her father, Hartley Folstad, flew the Stearman stunts for that movie. It was red back then with no cowl or pants (the plane – not Hartley). This is also the same plane Mona soloed in at the age of 16, however it had a different N-number and was equipped with the stock Lycoming 225hp engine back then. Mona grew up in an aviation family in Southern California and was surprised in elementary school to find out every family did not keep a family plane at the local airport. Mona received most of her Stearman training during a trip she and her father took across the county from Chino when Mona was 15 – flying by the statue of Liberty (which was allowed then) and visiting the Oshkosh fly-in. One Stearman wasn’t enough for Hartley and Mona, because they both wanted to do the flying. So after a second Stearman was restored, they started the Stearman Flight Center where they gave rides and rented out the planes. Clients soon became a group of good friends known as “Hartley’s Horde” around Chino. Always enjoying the restoration projects, they soon purchased a 450hp Stearman to rebuild. Once the 450hp Stearman was completed, Mona was eager to try it out, Once in the 450, she never went back to the stocker. Soon Mona and her father started the Silver Wings Airshow Team. With the addition of a wingwalker, the team changed its name to the “Silver Wings Wing Walking Team”. At this point they were flying with 5 restored Stearmans (3 with 450hp and 2 with 225hp) at local air shows. Mona got her low-level aerobatic waiver, and along with wing walker, Margi Stivers, were probably the first all-female wing walking team long before many of the people who claim that title today. By the time she went off to college, Mona had dealt with her fair share of situations – including landing with the Stearman on fire ….. twice! Mona would end up taking the family Cessna 310 to Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott Az. where she would get a degree and a career in avionics software design. For a change in pace after college, she spent a summer towing banners behind a Scout up and down a beach in Maryland. Today, Mona is a flight safety engineer with Bell Helicopter in Fort Worth where she lives with her husband, John and daughter, Ashley. Several years ago she bought her beloved first Stearman (now a 450hp aircraft) from her dad, plus she has a collection of parts that is supposed to assemble into another one …. someday. Mona has her A&P license and has an IA. In spite of all her years flying and probably being one of the best seat-of-the-pants pilots I know, she still has people tell her a 450 Stearman is too much airplane for a girl. When she finds the time between family, work, and a passion for horses she shares with her daughter, she can be found at local grass-roots fly-ins, or just flying the Stearman around for the sheer joy of it....

Dawn Wavle Rogers     (Kansas)

Dawn Wavle Rogers (Kansas)

Dawn Rogers and her husband are based at their uncharted grass strip south of Wichita, Kansas. I have been flying since 2007. My husband Ross Rogers and I live on our own grass strip south of Wichita (uncharted). We have a Cessna 140 and a 172. Last fall we bought a Stearman. I’m looking forward to getting checked out in it after I get some more time in the 140. I mostly fly for fun but occasionally we’ll take a cross country trip. We spend most of our time up at Stearman Field (1k1). We have to pay for avgas so we have jobs too. 🙂 I’m an aviation attorney with Jackson & Wade, a Kansas City law firm. Prior to that, I worked many years as in-house counsel for some of the aircraft manufacturers in Wichita. Ross is a Captain with Southwest Airlines....

Shannon Perdue     (Texas)

Shannon Perdue (Texas)

Shannon Perdue is based at 50F, Bourland Field Airport, Fort Worth, Texas. I’m a third generation pilot, thanks to dad and grandpa before me! I’ve been around planes my whole life, but didn’t find my passion for it until I was 18. I’ve been hooked ever since! I’m currently trying to get my Instrument rating and finish up my last semester of college and commission into the US Air Force. Currently my dad and I fly an old beat up blue C180A whenever I get a chance to go home for the weekend. We also fly our family Stearman that was my grandpa’s when the weather is nice. I’m excited to join this group and get more involved in the most adventurous flying community there is!...

Peggy Bates     (Minnesota)

Peggy Bates (Minnesota)

Peggy Bates is based at KFBL, Faribault Municipal Airport, Faribault, Minnesota. I learned in our 1940 Aeronca TC65. It started it’s life with a 55 hp engine. It now has a 90 hp engine. I have about 250 hrs in it. I flew it once to AAA fly-in in Blakesburg. We won several awards that year. Our other Airplane is a 450 hp Stearman....

Juliet Lindrooth     (Pennsylvania)

Juliet Lindrooth (Pennsylvania)

Juliet Lindrooth is based at North East Philadelphia Airport (PNE). Well it’s been quite a couple of years since I updated my comings and goings. First things first. September 2011, I returned to my job at American Airlines. I am now flying the B767 on long haul international routes. I have to say, I’m having a ball visiting all those exotic European, South American and Caribbean countries. When I’m not bouncing around the world, I am happy to be flying the small stuff. Isn’t that what it’s all about anyway? On most Sundays in the summer, I am up at the very scenic Eagles Mere Air Museum in beautiful Sullivan County PA. The airport, Merritt Field (4PN7), is located on the top of a mountain with incredible scenic views all around. Ok, well the mountain is only 2000’ up, but on the east coast, that’s a mountain. The Eagles Mere Air Museum has a collection of 32 vintage airplanes. This summer we had about 22 of them actually flying. I am lucky enough to be able to fly them too. Mostly I fly the Stearman and the Piper Cub. But on the last day we were open, I got the special opportunity to fly a 1928 Waco GXE with a Curtis OX5 engine. What a thrill. Not many people get to fly behind an OX5. The club is rather small. Especially for women. I still have my beloved Bird and did get it out a few times over to Van Sant airport in Bucks County PA. But between the weather, work and the museum, I didn’t get as much stick time as I would have liked. Next summer, we are going to hopefully summer the Bird up at Merritt Field since we spend most of our summer time there anyway. That way, I can fly it when I’m up there. Last summer I flew the Women’s air race classic. This race is an off shoot of the Powder Puff Derby from 1928. It is a cross-country race of about 2400 miles. Last summer it was from Pasco Wa to Fayetteville Ar. Out of 50 teams, we came in 13th. Not bad for my first race. Next summer, we will be racing from Concorde CA to York PA. I’m really looking forward to it. My race partner for next year is currently working on her tailwheel endorsement and is looking to buy a Super Cub. So she will be a LLT member too. I hope everyone had a fantastic summer. Enjoy and keep flying. Juliet More about Juliet Lindrooth Juliet at Hagerstown Fly-in...

Victoria Holt     (Texas)

Victoria Holt (Texas)

Victoria Holt is based at T26, Flying V Ranch Airport, Louise, Texas. I learned to fly in gliders so its just natural to me to fly with my feet constantly moving! I am lucky enough to be able to fly for a living but those planes lock out the pilot’s feet and hands most of the time! I am checked out in the Stearman, the Cub, the Champ, the Husky, Bird Dog and the Scout. Second only to the Stearman and the Cub, and the Champ, the Scout is my favorite! ,) I live on a grass strip with the runway right in front of the porch! The first thing I do in the morning is check the windsock, then get coffee and watch the sunrise over the tree line that parallels the runway. That’s the perfect start to everyday! Life is good. 🙂 Blue Skies, Victoria Holt...

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