Charley Tegerdine     (Alaska)

Charley Tegerdine (Alaska)

Charley Tegerdine is based at PASX, Soldotna Airport, Soldotna, Alaska. My name is Charley Tegerdine. I was born and raised here in Alaska. I have flown all my life. My dad and uncles all fly. It’s a way of life up here in Alaska. I fly a PA-18. I can’t explain the way I feel when I’m up in the sky. It’s the biggest rush! I just love it! I love flying out to the middle of no where and having an entire lake to yourself to fish, landing on sandbars in the middle of the river, and flying out to remote cabins and camping. Being the lucky one that gets to do things most only dream about. *...

Bill Tracy: Random things I love about my taildragger

We’re back to the boys today! Bill Tracy flies a 1970 PA18 Super Cub and has 8 great reasons he loves his Super Cub. #1 The friends that i have made with it #2 It takes me places no one else can get to #3 Smell of the fresh summer air coming thru the open door #4 The feeling of freedom #5 Watching cars pass me on the highway as I take the slow and relaxing route #6 Listening to XM radio while the rest of the world is down below stuck in the rat race #7 The random sights that are hidden from the rest of the world   #8 And  did I mention the friends that I have encountered while flying ?...

Brenda Kroening: 10 Random things I love about my taildragger

Brenda Kroening has 10 great reasons to love a taildragger! Brenda’s based at New Richmond Regional Airport, Wisconsin. #1 I love how I feel after flying my Super Cub.  Taildragger = Rush! #2 I love my Cub Monkey hanging above Pat’s head. #3  love my spinner bra!  And my adorable gal pal Lori!  Ok, so that’s a 2 for 1… #4 The sun setting under my wing.  Makes my heart happy. #5 Call me weird, but I like washing 84B!  A clean canvas begs to get dirty again! #6 I LOVE the color scheme on my planes. Red & White is ALL-right!! #7 Waking up under my wing is the coolest feeling. #8 I get a lot of arm twisting to buy Bushwheels, but I love my 800’s! #9 The black flat paint on top of the cowling.  No glare, no squinting! #10 I really dig my shooting window....

Elise Roche flying a 1955 Super Cub in Austria

Elise Roche is at it again; having a great time flying a 1955 Super Cub in Austria! Thanks Elise for posting some pictures that we can all envy – flying a beautiful taildragger on a gorgeous day in the Alps. Hope my sidekick (Google Translate) and I got it right! – – – – – –...

Bob Breeden Super Cub Loss in Alaska

Here’s an incredible story from the “Alaska Dispatch News” you may not have heard. This video is of 17 year old student pilot, Bobbie Breeden, preparing for the 2011 Short Takeoff and Landing competition at the Valdez, Alaska Fly-in. He’s flying a modified Super Cub with 210 hp and a light weight composite propeller. Watch it because the story begins here. So what happens next? Bobby came in 4th place overall in the competition with a total distance of 101 feet – including the competition’s shortest takeoff distance of 36 feet. A pretty amazing feat for a 17 year old student pilot from Virginia. But the story continues. The competition was in April 2011 and along came July 2011 and Bob & son Bobbie are on a several week flying trip around Alaska. They’re off flying the Wrangell Mountains having a great adventure and according to Bob, “discovering and landing new landing zones all day, mostly on glacier tops on exposed ice, below the snow level — which was still around 5,000 feet on the glacier top at this early date in July.” “At the end of the day, we landed in a wide river valley about two miles above where a glacier collided with a mountain wall, with the river cutting in between. We walked down to this point, safely along the mountain and well away from the glacier, to where a big blue glacier face stood opposite the mountain, and explored this spot for almost an hour, and took a lot of pictures. There seemed to be no threat, and even a comforting thought that any falling ice would easily be swept away by the swift river.” “There was a small gravel bar on our side of the river, across from the glacier — and we decided that we would bring the plane into the gravel bar for a photo.” “Once there with the plane, we walked around and took some photos, but within a minute of arriving, we heard some crackling in the ice. Before we could get in the plane to depart, a piece came down and instantly displaced the river beneath it, creating a 3 to 5-second blast of sand and water, comparable to an explosion. It shot across the river at us. I dropped my camera while instinctively putting my hands over my face and turning my back to the spray and blast, which swept me up the sand and gravel of the river bank. The plane slid sideways 30 feet, and was crushed up against a stationary block of ice, knocking the gear off and smashing one wing and the tail. The fuselage was twisted and the fabric open. The water sluiced back into the river and all was quiet, less than 15 seconds after it started. We were soaked to the skin.” “We located each other and the greatest dread passed as I realized that Bobby was OK. We gathered our clothes bag, food, tent, sleeping bags, SPOT transmitter and satellite phone from the baggage area and got to safer, higher ground. We found a place in the sun but behind a boulder to break the breeze. We got out of our wet clothes into dry. After collecting ourselves, and perhaps 30 minutes after the event, we tried calling Donna Claus at Ultima Thule Lodge. Not reaching the Lodge right away, we also tried Dave Calkins to let someone know in Anchorage that we would need to be picked up. Soon after talking with Dave, we reached Donna, and a couple of hours later Loni Habersetzer, whom we had talked with earlier in the day, came and picked us up.” “The photos here were taken after the initial event. What you see here is much different from the day of the incident. As new ice continuously fell, the river bed changed as well. The original gravel bar was strewn with large ice blocks. As the glacier continued to calve, large blasts of water continued to alter the riverbed and batter the plane. You can see why the plane could not be retrieved once the glacier became unstable.” “10 days later, the plane had been moved 100 yards by continuous blasts of water from the calving glacier. The entire glacier had advanced far enough that when large pieces tipped over, they landed directly on the plane. I got word from my friend who flew over the site on Aug. 7, more than a month after the incident, and he said that the terrain has changed so much that it was entirely unrecognizable from what it looked like the day the incident occurred. The glacier has advanced and covered the original site. There is no trace remaining of the plane.” Entire article at http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/super-cub-plane-crushed-alaska-glacier?page=0,1...

Flying near Talkeetna, Alaska

Here’s a GREAT video everybody….Bush flying near Talkeetna, Alaska. Created by Wayne Mushrush and Vanessa Bauman. I haven’t been able to find contact info on Vanessa so all you gals from Alaska, if you know her, send her our way. Not sure if she’s flying that Super Cub or not but she’s out there doing it and making some great videos! Music: “Joe Bann” by Fernando Apodaca....

Happy Valentine’s Day, Donna Guerin!

Happy Valentine’s Day everybody. There’s one lucky girl out there that’s got a lot to smile about today; heck she’ll be smiling for years to come. Check it out – it’s even Valentine’s red. I am sooooo jealous! 🙂 But the truth is, she really is a sweetheart herself and deserves to get what any good taildraggin’ girl would want – a Super Cub! From all the ladies of LadiesLoveTaildraggers, congratulations Donna! “My sweet husband of 26years finally figured out what it takes to make a girl happy. Check out my valentines day gift, a 150hp Supercub. This may even have to count towards my birthday in July. No wait, I need some new bush wheels so now he can buy me goodies for the Cub on every special occasion.” “I am one blessed girl. See y’all at the flyins.” Donna...

Sue Tholen     (Maine)

Sue Tholen (Maine)

Sue Tholen is based at KSFM, Sanford Regional Airport, Sanford, Maine. New pictures from Sue Tholen! …. Actually, they’re not new at all and I owe Sue an apology. She sent me these 2 great Super Cub pictures late last summer and they got buried in my emails.  I’m sorry Sue. This just proves it – I need a new picture filing system!! Sue has CFI and CFII, Airplane Single Engine Land & Sea ratings. Posted 4/14/11 ……………………. “I was amazed to find your website – not many women pilots around, much less taildragger pilots.  I only got into it after our flight school owner got a Citabria.  I was a brand new CFI and didn’t want to be left out of the fun of the new airplane, so I made myself try it out.” “Took me a while to master it – it really does make you a better pilot and doesn’t let you get away with bad habits or lazy feet — but I quickly fell in love with the airplane and tailwheel flying in general. Now I’m on a grass strip hunt.  Maine’s pretty good in that regard…..” Sue is a flight instructor at Southern Maine Aviation....

Brenda Kroening     (Minnesota)

Brenda Kroening (Minnesota)

Brenda Kroening is based at KRST, Rochester Intl., Minnesota & KRNH, New Richmond Regional Airport, Wisconsin. Hello everyone! I’m a newbie TW aviator and recently bought a 1956 Super Cub, which I have LOVED flying! – Sandy Krier, Catherine  Cavagnaro and I are best friends in the Cessna 150-152 Club….. J All lady taildraggers! I have met a few LLT members and look forward to meeting many more of you. Cheers, Brenda Kroening...

Carolyn Thorne     (Washington)

Carolyn Thorne (Washington)

Carolyn Thorne is based at S43, Harvey Field Airport and KAWO, Arlington Municipal Airport, Arlington, Washington. I’m in Washington getting tailwheel training and a float rating. Own a PA-18 stored in Wasilla for the winter.. can’t wait to fly this coming summer! The supercub is my baby! I was getting lessons in the Challenger at Pleasant valley airstrip in AZ last year. *  ...

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