Nancy Ginesi-Hill   (California)

Nancy Ginesi-Hill (California)

Nancy Ginesi-Hill is based at KLHM, Lincoln Regional Airport/Karl Harder Field, Lincoln, California. I have been flying for over 20 years and own and pilot a 1940 Stearman PT-17. I do aerobatics and fly to airshows to display my airplane in honor of the WASP who flew them during WWII. My list of taildraggers flown includes J-3 Cubs, Champs, Decathlons, B-17, Ford Tri-Motor and Beech 18s but I received my tailwheel endorsement in the Stearman and it’s my favorite to fly!! * * Here are some of my favorite B-17G Flying Fortress taildragger photos, one of my favorite taildraggers to fly!! * * Happy Landings, Nancy Ginesi-Hill Sacramento Valley 99s EAA Chapter 52 Sacramento http://eaa52.org http://www.sacramento99s.org/ http://www.ninety-nines.org/ myspace.com/flyergirl99    ...

Lorna Barrie   (New York)

Lorna Barrie (New York)

Lorna Barrie is based at Clarence Aerodrome Airport, Buffalo, New York. (Here’s an update from Lorna, just sent through her instructor and flying partner, Dennis Borkowski.  Lots of pictures and more…..) * Lorna’s Champ above and Citabria below.  (Very cool, Lorna!) Sent in by Dennis Borkowski;  Hi, Lorna asked me to reply for her because she is so busy at work [managing a kennel]. I am her instructor and flying partner. Lorna flew with me [she did most of the flying!] on a ferry flight from DKK near Buffalo to Creve Coeur in Waco QCF-2 NC11247 and back in Waco UPF-7  N173E. Planes belong to Lou and John Nalbone of DKK.  The Nalbone’s UPF-7 was sent to Rare Aircraft for total rebuild and many mods.  Lou told me they will do a photo shot for AOPA then send plane here.  John Cournoyer redid paint on QCF and sold UPF to them. Check out Waco N173E photos at primeoresto.blogspot.com . We also did some fun flights in both. Since, I checked Lorna out in Fleet N8600 and started on Stearman N65688 that belongs to my student, Scot Shefler. Lorna also flew me to Vermont in her 7ECA, N7502F to pick up RNF  NC144Y for Cournoyer. We flew formation back to Buffalo. She also was my safety pilot when I was out of a medical for a while. Have 2nd class med back now. We have been aware of you, Susan. I met your husband at Waco Field fly-in in 2008. I was flying a Champ to NY for Dick Ash [Waco N29303] from Creve Coeur. Dick gave Lorna and I the honor of flying his Waco! Lorna and I have been working on her aerobatics in her Citabria lately. ——————————– Earlier from Lorna,  “I earned my ticket in March 2001. Coming up on 900 hours tt, 825 of which is tailwheel.  Solo’d in BC12D.   Currently flying an Aeronca Champ (7DC 85hp) N3415E that I own half interest in, and my little jewel of a Citabria (7ECA 115hp) 7502F.” “I have had the absolutely incredible good fortune to fly a wide variety of taildraggers; from a 1929 Fleet Model 1 to Stearmans, Wacos, Fairchild trainers, up thru to C180.   Am working on my  Commercial and Multi Engine Inst. ratings — Without a doubt, I am one of the luckiest gals around; flying off of a grass strip in about 29 different models of aircraft.  It’s what I love to do best!”...

Kim Blair Stewart  (Ohio)

Kim Blair Stewart (Ohio)

More great pictures from Kim Stewart of 40I Waynesville, Ohio.  (I sure didn’t get them entered in chronological order but you’ll love them just the same.) Taking daughter, Audrey, for flight  in Champ. Kim Blair Stewart Looks like the perfect wedding day to me! * And Kim wing walking in (or is that “on”) a 220 PT17 Stearman. *...

Ashley Ryerson  (Ohio)

Ashley Ryerson (Ohio)

Sent in by taildragger pilot and wing walker Ashley Ryerson: “I have my sport pilot license and I fly out of 40I in Waynesville, Ohio (I also work there). I Wing Walk with them as well.  Cub Stewart is our pilot.” First Rule of Wing Walking— “Don’t let go of what you’ve got hold of, until you have a hold of something else.”...

Lorrie Penner doing some Stearman & J4 Flying!!

Here are a couple of pictures my recent taildragger experiences for Ladies Love Taildraggers! At our last IAC34 meeting Gordon and I flew the Stearman.  It was one of those beautiful fall days. Air temperature was about 60, so the open cockpit was not too chilly.  Gordon had me take the controls for about half of the flight. We did a couple of rolls and then worked our way back closer to the ground to look at the farms we flew by.  I was delightfully pleased to find the Stearman very easy on the controls – didn’t have to exert a lot of muscle to fly it. Loved the big radial engine on the front. Really makes you feel like you are flying SOMETHING. Yesterday we went out in the J4 of a friend of ours.   Was a different sensation to fly a stick with my left hand and throttle with the right.  Got in three wobbly landings, then we flew over to Middletown, Oh and walked across the street to Frisch’s for lunch – our first $100 hamburger!  I’m currently working on getting up to 200 hours so I can get my commercial glider license. (they give you credit for power hours for the commercial glider.)...

Rachel Aukes     (Iowa)

Rachel Aukes (Iowa)

Rachel lives in Des Moines, Iowa and is based at AMW. I’m a new pilot (well under 100 hours yet) and have just started working on getting my first rating – a tailwheel endorsement.  I fly a 1943 Stearman PT-13 (Army colors). I fly whenever I get the chance, which is never enough. I’ve been lucky enough to fly and catch rides in a variety of birds, and I’ve even started a website to track my – and my husband’s – adventures www.halffastadventures.com. I love fly-ins of any kind… from small potlucks to OSH.  And in early September I make my annual pilgrammage to Blakesburg, Iowa, for the national antique airplane fly-in and then to Galesburg, Illinois for the national Stearman fly-in....

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