More on the East Tennessee Super Cub Flyin

We had an unbelievably beautiful, blue sky day to fly at the E TN Super Club Flyin on Friday.  I don’t know what the official airplane count finally turned out to be but I heard the number “65” thrown about a couple of times. It was mostly Super Cubs and Super Cub derivatives (Cubcrafters, Legend, Dakota….), plenty of the granddaddy of all Cubs, the J3s, and then the Cub wannabes, Maules, Citabrias, Scouts, & Rans. And if that doesn’t do it for you, we had a Zenith 701, a Murphy Rebel, a Pitts, a 65 hp Taylorcraft with bush tires & seems like maybe even a rouge RV or two. Of course, you know this event was all about the boys and their toys but there were enough of us gals around to have more than our share of fun too. The Friday lunch flyout turned out to be at a beautiful strip owned by Sam Kite and he had plenty of rolling hills for all the taildraggers to taxi, park and play around on. I never did hear if this was prearranged or just happenstance but everybody started lining up by color. Not to be outdone, the red & whites got in the act. Many of us were still hanging around Kite Field when a group led by Diana Votaw taxied out and flew off to do their own thing.  A couple hours later I was out flying my Rans in the area when I heard them on 123.0 returning to Elizabethton “flight of 8 downwind for 24”. OMG, cracked me up – a gaggle of 8 coming in!! I heard one guy transmit “this is the longest downwind I’ve ever made in my life!”. I decided to give them plenty of time before I headed back! If you’re wondering how the whole “fly-out” thing for a group of 65 +/- planes comes together I can tell you this. Friday and Saturday morning there was a pilot’s briefing where the flyouts for the day were announced and GPS identifier and coordinates were passed out. Steve Lewis, who was hosting the fly-in, announced the slower planes would launch first and the faster would wait 30 minutes and follow. It would be single file, keep adequate spacing, pass on the right if you must, and if you’re too fast, turn out and get behind. After the Friday pilot’s briefing I bumped into Ed Doyle who invited me to ride along with him on the day’s flyout. Now mind you, I’ve already done the briefing and was nearly ready to hop in the Rans so I told him “No, I’m good, I’ve got a ride”.  I don’t think it was a full 60 seconds later that I was kicking myself for missing the chance to fly with the famous Ed Doyle, winner of the 2011 Valdez, Alaska STOL contest in the wide-open alternate bush plane category. His total  takeoff and landing distance when he won was 78 feet; 43 feet for the takeoff and 35 feet for the landing. Incredible. Soooo, I went running back to Ed saying something like, “Please let me go! What was I thinking? Of course I want to ride along with you!!” Lucky for me he let me go.   * Somehow I managed to get not one, but two, great rides in on Friday. Larry, who has a strip just next to Sam Kite’s, is a Rans S7s owner, heard I had one too and offered me a ride around the area in his. How lucky can a person get in one day? I flew his from the back a little and thought the controls were pretty close to what I’m used to. I got a few flying tips, saw some local strips and we even tried to land at Larry’s short grass strip till we broke off when a 4 wheeler zipped across it. No problem, we’re flexible and we had to get back to Kite Field anyway....

Idaho Back-country’s Waiting for us!

Just a few more great pictures from the girl’s Smiley Creek trip. (Lisa Martin takes the best pictures!)  These shots are a good reminder of the beauty of the back-country and the fun that’s waiting to be had if we just do it! Lisa, you’re an inspiration to all women tailwheel pilots! – – – – – – – Lisa says, “Check out the tailwind indicated on my gps on the way home. With no wind I fly about 95 mph!”...

Back home in Montana

I finally got to meet Lisa Martin from Montana at Smiley Creek and can tell you her Super Cub looks just as fine in person as it does in her pictures. Lisa turned out to be a soft spoken, beautiful and very sweet little gal that was up at the crack of dawn every morning ready to fly that taildragger! Note to Lisa: It was a pleasure to meet you. You sent these pictures in a couple weeks ago and I’m sorry it’s taken a little time to get them up. No worry though, they are beautiful shots, especially the amazing one taking off in the driveway with the mountains in the background! Please leave a comment and tell us more about “Jerry’s first solo”? ————— Finally made it to my old home (Cut Bank, MT) to visit my husband’s family. They have a cattle ranch right on the US / Canadian border east of Glacier Park. It’s about 380 m each way. A nice morning flight in calm, cool, stable air Saturday morning. We landed on the driveway of the family ranch my husband grew up on and got to pull the Cub right up to the front door beside the pick ups for overnight parking! – – We messed around a little too much on the way home. Stopping in to visit several of our Montana friends and then lit in Columbus, MT for lunch at about 1:30. IT’s only about a 1/2 m walk to the nearest restaurant. It was hot there! About 95* and the run-off was really flowing down the Yellowstone River. Clouds were starting to build by the time we took off again, so we made a bee line for home. A dry micorburst system reigned terror on our hometown Sunday afternoon. I’m extrememly thankful that our Cub was not in our hanger when a gust tore off the west wall! Lisa Martin...

Aileen Watkins     (Texas)

Aileen Watkins (Texas)

Aileen Watkins is based at David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport, (KDWH) Houston, Texas. I am definitely a taildragger girl and made my living early in my flying career as a taildragger pilot. When it was difficult to find a full-time flying job, my experience in conventional gear aircraft allowed me to fill a need at a couple of local flight schools where this skill was needed but hard to come by. As my client base grew, so did my opportunities. Having started my flying career flying aerobatics with my first competition at 83 hours total time, my passion for doing something out of the ordinary and that required stick-and-rudder skills allowed me to “make my bones” in the flying world. My enthusiasm for the sport, and for aviation, carried me through my financial shortcomings to keep me in the air. I don’t have a favorite taildragger, as I love them all, but the DC3, Pitts, Decathlon and Cub have very special places in my heart, and in my hands. They truly represent the romance of flying, and the kinship of the “ladies” that carry my heart though the sky. My first two instructors were ladies and mentors who were both very accomplished taildragger pilots. I thank them for instilling in me the qualities of safety, professionalism, and the want and need of striving for excellence in flying, and in delivering quality flight instruction. They truly believe in the “safety” attitude, and having fun doing what we love. Some of the taildraggers I have flown: Cub, Pitts, Citabria, Decathlon, Taylorcraft, Extra, Sukhoi, Luscombe, Stearman, Bird, Great Lakes, Skybolt, Waco, Cessna 120/140/170/180/185/195, Maule, Husky, and the DC3. Aileen Watkins...

Dianne Hart     (South Australia)

Dianne Hart (South Australia)

Dianne Hart is based at Port Lincoln Airport (YPLC), South Australia. I learnt to fly around 20 years ago in an Australian built Skyfox (similar to a Kitfox) not realising that it was one of the more difficult of taildragger aircraft to land. Eventually I mastered it and still absolutely love the challenge of landing that particular aeroplane. My husband Michael and I purchased a 60 acre property near our coastal home town of Port Lincoln in South Australia where we constructed airstrips and a hangar/house in which to live and house our aircraft. As our love of flying increased so did our fleet of aircraft – all taildraggers (real aeroplanes) with different purposes. I found our 4 seat Piper Pacer always a challenge to land – it kept me on my toes (literally). We flew all over Australia in it and to many faraway places landing at several gorges in the Australian outback and the Northwest Kimberley region. It was great fun touring and sightseeing in it. The Pacer was replaced when Mick built our RV6. I helped with interior outfit and designed the paint scheme. When a locally owned Corby Starlet came up for sale (an Australian designed home-built) that became ours too. It is a small single seat recreational aircraft in which I learnt to perform aerobatics whilst being coached by radio from the ground. Any mis-managed manoeuvre was sure to get the adrenaline flowing. Another interesting aircraft to find a home at our property “Skypark” is a home-built Blanton Wichawk (small version of a Stearman). It is a biplane with side-by-side seating and open cockpit. I enjoy the wind in the face flying and Mick loves it for aerobatics. Our son James also flies and is building a Pitts S1 Special.The latest additions and probably the best of all taildraggers are the J3 Cub and 90 hp Super Cub. When the Super Cub was in need of some renovation and re-covering of the fuse and tailplane I was introduced to the art of rib-stitching the fabric covering. Port Lincoln is a wonderful place to be able to fly as it has a temperate climate all year round and great coastal scenery with beautiful white sandy beaches on which to land. Flying “tail waggers” is a bit of an individual skill that I find many men are not even game to take on. But I love it, and if asked what is the aircraft I like to fly best then I would have to say it is the Cub. Dianne Hart And thank you to Philip Jones for the introduction to Dianne and these comments:  Di is an active member of a family that lives, eats and breathes aviation. Husband Mick is the president of the local equivalent (Sport Aircraft Association of Australia) of the EAA. Their son James is just as heavily involved and currently building a Pitts S1 after helping his father with the restoration of the SuperCub and the construction of the RV.  Between the 3 of them, they own a Piper J3, a 95 hp SuperCub, an RV6, a Corby Starlet, a Blanton Wichawk, as well as several ultra lights. On their 55 acre property (Skypark) at beautiful Port Lincoln in South Australia, they also house numerous aircraft for some of their local aviating friends, with approximately 14 aircraft on the property. Every two years they host a fly-in for up to 40 aircraft and a sit down meal for 120 people on Saturday night. When she is not flying, Di rides a Honda Goldwing with husband Mick riding shotgun on his Harley....

Donna Trigg     (South Australia)

Donna Trigg (South Australia)

Donna Trigg is a student pilot based at Port Lincoln Airport (YPLC), South Australia. I have travelled quite extensively both within Australia and overseas but in the last year and a half have discovered another dimension to my travel experiences.  I have the absolute good fortune to have been introduced to seeing the world from the Super Cub which I absolutely love. I have spent many hours in the back seat of my partner, Phil Jones’, Cub but am now wanting to have even more fun and fly it myself –   I am having lessons at Aldinga air strip in a Sport Cub and loving the challenge.  I unfortunately have to travel by commercial airline to get to Adelaide and then drive one hour South to the strip so my lessons are few and far between which is frustrating at times.  Nonetheless I am determined to get my endorsement and join the rest of the lucky ladies in the sky. Phil and I have travelled extensively around the amazing outback of Australia seeing things very few people have seen.  It is a remote and wonderful place and we are very lucky to have a birds eye view of it.  We have a camping pod under the Cub so we can set up camp wherever we like and do exactly that. Nothing compares to camping under the night skies and the absolute solitude and then following the sand dunes and camel tracks across salt lakes and into the desert. We have recently had some extreme weather which has turned the desert green and caused floods inland which is a very rare occurrence and to see one of the wonders of mother nature from the beautiful little Cub is nothing short of amazing.  I am totally in love with the Cub, and Phil of course. Donna Trigg South Australia...

Lisa Martin’s search for Musselshell River flooding, in a Super Cub!

We flew up into Montana Saturday morning, about 100 miles north of us here in Wyoming, to get a birds-eye look at some of the flooding on the Musselshell River. Yikes! The news has been talking about high water, but I wasn’t sure because they also talk about flooding right around my home and there is none. I’m always a skeptic when it comes to the media…but oh boy they are telling the truth about Harlowtown and Roundup Montana. We landed at Bridger, MT for breakfast. No fuel there, but it’s a handy break because the ramp tiedown area is only a 3 block walk to Main Steet. It’s a nice little town and makes me miss living in Montana, kind of like “Cheers”, I don’t think anybody has ever met a stranger in a Montana cafe. We stopped at Cowley, WY for fuel. Cowley has a card pump and the best fuel prices we’ve found anywhere around here ($4.85 for 100LL). Worland’s fuel is $6 per gal (glad we have the STC to burn unleaded). Shared the sky with a gaggle (?) of pelicans on the leg that ended at home. Lisa Martin Super Cub Pilot Montana...

Neroli Henwood’s Solo, 24 years in the making!

Neroli Henwood’s Solo, 24 years in the making!

Ladies, I know you’ll be as happy as I was when you read the following email sent by Neroli Henwood from Hamilton, New Zealand – she’s got great news! I’m very excited for her and proud as heck she’s back in the air again! Neroli, I know you doubted it for a while, but trust me – that Super Cub is one of the best things to happen to you and your family!! “Hi Judy, hope all is well with you and you are getting lots of flying in. I wanted to share my exciting morning with you and the ladies, so here goes. As you know I have a Piper Cub, which I just adore. Up until today I have had to fly it with my husband Bill in the back as Instructor, because I haven’t held a Pilots license since 1987. We were newly married when I let my license lapse, mainly due to lack of money and we were living on a remote Island with only commercial aircraft and nothing for me to fly. To cut a long story short, along came a couple of kids etc. and a husband flying commercially, I was grounded. We have owned the Cub for 4 years and it was after a gap in my flying of 17 years. I hadn’t flown taildraggers either so I was in for a big learning curve. At first I thought we had bought the wrong plane, as I couldn’t even taxi straight, let alone take off and land! 🙂 However, once I got the hang of it, it turned into a passion. I have had some medical issues in recent years and have only just managed to get my medical certificate, so that I can fly solo and regain my Pilot’s License. Sooo… this morning I got to go solo in my beautiful Cub for the first time! It was fantastic and I loved every minute of it. I did 5 circuits and found that I didn’t miss having Bill in the back at all 🙂 So, now I have a smile a mile wide and am wondering what else to do today that will be that much fun? Attached is my solo photo with Bill, funny it is similar to Olivia’s!! Best wishes to you and all the ladies. Neroli...

Linda & Me Play Day by Vanessa Jump Nelson

It’s such a treat to hear when girls from Ladies Love Taildraggers find each other through the blog. This is a perfect example of two taildragger gals meeting and spending what looks to be a great day flying together!! This was sent in by Vanessa Jump Nelson from Oregon. Friday, Linda Fore and I went flying in her Supercub.  We took off from Twin Oaks, flew to Lenhardt’s Airhaven (paved AND grass options) where there is a weekly Friday morning gathering of pilots for coffee & donuts. There are several lakes near it so it made a beautiful downwind photo on such a sunny day. We saw lots of friends there including my late father’s friend Bob B. with his beautiful silver biplane, which I captured in a photo. Bob K. took a photo of Linda & I with her plane.  We also dropped in on Linda Melhoff’s hangar.  She wasn’t there but her husband, who is taking some taildragger instruction at Twin Oaks, showed us their beautiful Waco project in the hangar at Lenhardt’s, and I picked up another couple of copies of Linda’s mother’s book from him. Linda’s mom was a wing walker, pilot, etc. and her book is entitled “Wind in My Face.”  (Linda Fore pointed out that it was Linda Melhoff who got us together by telling Linda Fore about your website, Ladies Love Taildraggers, and when Linda F. got on the site she saw me listed as flying at the same airport. So Linda F pointed out that it’s Linda M’s fault that we are flying buddies!) Linda Fore & I flew alongside Bob K. to a beautiful private grass strip owned by a friend of Linda’s, where they parked their Supercubs side by side and I shot a photo of the two red & white beauties. Coming back to Twin Oaks I took a fun shot of our favorite “hang” from the air.  Twin Oaks offers a pancake breakfast for $5 the first Saturday of every month and lots of taildraggers come in with hungry pilots, including lots of female pilots! Vanessa...

Gwen’s amazing photos from Alaska

Gwen White sent these truly amazing pictures from Alaska and they blew me away! No sign of winter letting up in AK, by the way it looks here. I know it’s cold up there but not a bad trade off to be able to see the world from this perspective! Gwen and her Super Cub are based at Willow, Alaska. Thought I would send you a picture of me with my new wheel skis. Pretty awesome. A little heavier, slides more than straight skies but floatation is great. Weather here is crazy. We got over a foot of snow last week. It just will not stop snowing. Looking forward to float season. The one with the airplane is on Lake George with the Colony Glacier in the back ground. Lake George sits next to the Knik Glacier. – – – – Really feel for all the pilots at Sun-n-Fun, weighs heavy on the heart. Enjoy your new plane and keep us informed. God Bless and beautiful skies, Gwen...

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