Flying A Stearman In Hawaii, Evelyn Greene

Flying A Stearman In Hawaii, Evelyn Greene

I Googled lady taildragger pilot Evelyn Greene today hoping to catch a glimpse of her beautiful PT-17 Stearman and did I ever find a treasure trove of gorgeous shots! Evelyn is based on the island of Oahu, is an A&P I/A and teaches aviation maintenance at Honolulu Community College’s aeronautical maintenance school. The complete photo essay is by Max Haynes with flying by Alan Miller from the website Hawaii Stick & Rudder. Do NOT miss this opportunity to see some beautiful biplane photography. Evelyn Green Flying her PT-17 Hawaii Stick and Rudder Evelyn Green’s LadiesLoveTaildraggers Pilot Profile...

Pam Fowler     (North Carolina)

Pam Fowler (North Carolina)

Pam Fowler is based at 7NC3, Kenly Airport, Kenly, North Carolina. The photo above was taken at the November 10, 2012 Stag Air Park region-wide fly-in attended by 70 planes.Pam and her friend Deb flew her 1941 Stearman to Stag’s and won this year’s fall fly-in trophy. “Hi, I was born and raised in North Carolina.  I was introduced to aviation by my dad as a child, but only started flying myself 10 years ago when my father told me to take the stick of his Cub because he had to do something.  That was it, I was hooked.” “I learned to fly his J3 Cub on the same grass strip he learned to fly on in 1947.  Almost all my flying time has been in taildraggers.  I love flying the Cub and Stearman.  I have over 200 hours in our Stearman and have enjoyed EVERY minute.” Click on the link for more on the article “Fly-in Brings Pilots to Stag Air Park” in Star News Online:  Star News Online Pam Fowler 1941 Boeing PT17...

Melanie Marcols     (New Jersey)

Melanie Marcols (New Jersey)

Melanie Marcols is based at KSMQ, Somerset Airport, Somerville, NJ. Hi Ladies, I started flying tailwheel aircraft back in 2006 with Damian DelGaizo at Andover Flight School in Andover, N.J. I have flown his Top Cub, J-3 (on skis too) and his Stearman (aerobatic flying). I am flying this Tuesday in his new slotted winged Super Cub. I am looking forward to it. I am also working on my glider add on rating at Yards Creek Soaring in Blairstown, N.J. and I am having such a great time…. I work as the Flight School office manager at Somerset Airport (KSMQ) in Bedminster, N.J. Happy Flying Ladies!!!!!! Melanie Marcols...

Olson Fenwick     (Idaho)

Olson Fenwick (Idaho)

Olson Fenwick is based at D28, Tanglefoot Seaplane Base, Cavanaugh Bay, Idaho. From my first introductory flight in 1988 I was hooked! I still have my first plane we bought that year, a Lake Renegade. My husband soon bought me a beautiful 450 Stearman for flying aerobatics. * Today, I enjoy flying the Back Country of Idaho. I am very proud to be both a lady seaplane and taildragger pilot. * We have Tanglefoot Seaplane Base on Priest Lake, just a walk away from the Cavanaugh Bay grass airstrip, 66S. Fly in and visit! We Rock Girls! Olson Fenwick...

Thursday: Ladies Love Taildraggers Day in Vintage at AirVenture

Thursday was LadiesLoveTaildraggers Day in “Vintage” at AirVenture and what a cool thing it was! During AirVenture, Ray Johnson hosts the daily program “Vintage In Review” in the Vintage Red Barn area and invited us to select 3 women taildragger pilots to display and speak about themselves and their aircraft. Ray and I got the ball rolling with a short introduction about LadiesLoveTaildraggers and how it began. Ray’s an easy going, fun guy to talk with and always makes things interesting for his audience. Deb Ings from Colorado flew her 1956 Piper Pacer to Oshkosh with her young son sitting right seat. She spoke about her lifelong interest in flying, the C140 she used to own, the Pacer she now flies and her 20 year career flying for the airlines. Lisa Haag from Houston, Texas talked about driving by her local airport, thinking about someday learning to fly and how she finally cut a deal to trade services for flying lessons. Lisa owns a C140 and displayed and spoke about the Stearman she and her husband own and flew to Oshkosh. Meredith Tcherniavsky from Rockville, Maryland is on an adventure you may have already read about. She and her husband, Dana Holladay, are spending the summer flying their 1938 J3 Cub to all the lower 48 states. Meredith is a CFII and even though she can provide instrument instruction, had never flown a tail wheel aircraft till they bought the Cub. Suddenly, she was the student again and her husband the tailwheel instructor. They are on an incredible journey with only one requirement – be home by Labor Day. Meredith is writing a book which will be published shortly after their trip is complete. Check out their website at http://www.holladayaviation.com/ Participating in Ray’s “Vintage in Review” program was a ton of fun and gave us all an opportunity to talk about what’s dear to each of us about aviation. Many thanks to Deb, Lisa & Meredith and our host, Ray Johnson, founder of the Fly/In Cruise/In!...

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...

Diane Sokolowski     (Iowa)

Diane Sokolowski (Iowa)

Diane Sokolowski is based at KMCW, Mason City Municipal Airport, Mason City, Iowa. My Dad always had a passion for flying for as long as I can remember.  My earliest years were spent at RC model airplane contests as my Dad and brother Larry would compete at pattern plane meets.  Dad always had a dream to get his pilot’s license but with seven kids to feed, it remained a dream at least until my four oldest brothers were out of the house.  Fortunately, my Mom was supportive of Dad earning his license and the youngest three of the family; my brother Larry and sister Sheila and me (I was the youngest) were able to come along for the ride – all getting our licenses as well.  We lost our Dad a few years ago, but his love of flying lives on in us. My brother Larry builds and flies RC model jets that exceed speeds of 200 mph.  My sister Sheila lives in the Big Apple, but comes back often to fly as much as she can.  We enjoy our annual “two chicks in a tailwheel” tour each summer, during which we burn a lot of gas tormenting airport operators at our favorite airports around the state.  As for me, I was one of those lucky kids that had the opportunity to learn how to fly and airplane before I ever drove a car.  I soloed at 16 after three “official” hours of flight instruction.  I earned my pilot’s license at age 17. I grew up flying Cessna’s and transitioned into taildraggers in college.  I worked at an airport fueling airplanes and cutting grass.  My boss at the time, let me get checked out in his Citabria.  Dan (now husband) worked in the maintenance shop and we spent many lunch breaks practicing our tailwheel skills and even enjoyed a few rolls along the way.  We were in love – with tailwheels!  We have been flying together for over 20 years. We bought our first airplane, a 1967 Cessna Skyhawk about ten years ago.  It was pristine as we were the second owners since it was new.  It was a great plane to learn about ownership and of course fly.  My Dad would visit for a week in the summers, and we would do nothing but fly and wax the airplane.  After a few years, we traded the Skyhawk for a newer Citabria.  I’ve always dreamed of flying an open cockpit biplane and the Citabria was the first step in pursuit of that dream…I wanted to get current in tailwheels again.  The plan was to sell the Citabria after we found a biplane, but I thoroughly enjoy flying it and haven’t had the heart to part with it just yet! A few years ago at a small airshow, my sister Sheila and I saw a young women wearing an Amelia Earhart t-shirt and we struck up a conversation.  It turned out that Rachel (also a pilot) and her husband Brian owned a Stearman and brought it to the show.  They invited us to stop by their hangar sometime for a Stearman ride.  Not sure if it was a “courtesy” offer or not, we showed up at the hangar several weeks later.  Brian holding true to his word offered me a flight in the Stearman – I accepted and he promptly put me in the back seat and began showing me how to start it up.  My first Stearman flight, was dual instruction during which he graciously allowed me to take-off and land.  Dan said it was the sparkle in my eye that told him, we needed to start looking for a Stearman. That Amelia T-shirt has opened up a new world of friends that we now fly with.  We have an unofficial flying club in which we do nothing but fly, fix and clean our airplanes.  We enjoy flying our Stearman and Citabria to antique fly-ins like Blakesburg, Galesburg and the National Biplane Fly-in at Junction City.  The flying is great, but the friendships we’ve gained are even better.  Every adventure is an opportunity to meet someone new to share our passion of flight.  Blue skies and tailwinds! Diane Sokolowski...

Ping Zhao & Piper Clipper

Ping Zhao & Piper Clipper

Ping Zhao is based at KSQL, San Carlos Airport, San Carlos, California. Steve (my husband) and I bought our Piper Clipper 2 years ago and I started to learn to fly in it. This raised more than a few eyebrows as it apparently was not the simplest route to my license. Thankfully Len von Clemm,  Dave Gray, and Jim Grant, all of Aerodynamic Aviation, took the challenge and the rest is history. Before this I had never been in an aircraft that didn’t have at least one flight attendant. It has been an uphill climb but last week I passed my checkride with every logged minute in our Clipper apart from 3 hours night flying in a Citabria. We keep N6913 at San Carlos KSQL but live half of the time in NYC so we are now working towards our next adventure which is to hop, low and slow, across the country taking photographs and meeting people along the way. – Here is a view into our world http://www.littleboss.net/  ...

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  ...

Jeanne Reed     (Ohio)

Jeanne Reed (Ohio)

Jeanne Reed is based at Antique Acres Airpark (OH65) Goshen, Ohio and flies a Stearman and a Cub. Hi, my name is Jeanne Reed and I have been flying taildraggers since 1989.  I started my training in a Piper J5A and have about 350 hours in it. I then transitioned to our Stearman in 1995 and have over 800 in the Stearman.  All except 10 hours of my logged hours are in a taildragger so I don’t know anything else. I’m not sure I could even fly a nose wheel airplane – ha.  Learning to fly has been the most incredible thing I have ever done for myself and I hope I have several more years ahead of me to enjoy the sport. The next picture are ladies in our new group of lady Stearman pilots. We call ourselves the Galesburg 12 as there were 12 of us who flew a Stearman at Galesburg last year for the Stearman Fly-In. For the 40th Anniversary of the Stearman Fly-In this year we plan to have a real presence! Jeanne Reed...

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