Louise O’Grady Flight Across Australia

Whoopee, I got an email from another Taildragger Gal from Down Under! It was from Louise O’Grady who is on an absolutely incredible flying adventure across Australia. For the rest of us, it doesn’t  matter where we live or what taildragger we fly, we can all appreciate and dream about doing exactly what Louise is doing right now. Enjoy Louise’s pictures and check out the link to her blog! Hopefully we’ll hear more from Louise soon. “Hi, I am currently flying my Super Cub on a big trip across Australia. I left Melbourne 14 days ago and arrived in Perth last Friday. I am now on my way back to Melbourne, and dropping into Port Lincoln on Thursday to meet the Super Cubs there. I have only just found out about LadiesLoveTaildraggers, it is fantastic. Philip Jones told me about you!” Planned Route: Lou’s big flight across AUS Castlmaine Mildura Port Pirie Ceduna Madura Esperence Final destination – Mundajong * * * “Check out my blog, http://louisbigflightaus.blogspot.com.au I have named my Super Cub ‘Amy’ after the lady that inspired me to become a pilot, Amy Johnson.” Louise O’Grady AUS Louise’s Pilot Profile...

And The Winner Is…..

And The Winner Is…..

The numbers are in and we have a winner on the “9 Lady Taildraggers Pilots – 9 Types of Taildraggers” contest!! At 216 Votes, Kelly Jeffries’ RV8 garnered the most votes. 2nd Was Dana Bain’s Supercub with 156 votes And 3rd place was a 3-way tie with 129 votes each for…. * * Thanks everyone for participating and voting!! Other than Kelly’s RV8, all the votes were very close and all the aircraft not mentioned here were only a few points behind. Congratulations Kelly….. & L.D. An RV8’s an outstanding aircraft and yours is sure a beauty! I hope there’s one in my future!!...

Supercub ZK-BQV at Raglan, New Zealand

Neroli Henwood’s having a great time in New Zealand and here’s the evidence to prove it…. Neroli’s very first Youtube SUPERCUB video! Sit back, crank up the sound and start smiling! “I have recently got a Go Pro camera for the Supercub and I have attached my first attempt at editing a short clip and uploading to Youtube. It took all my IT abilities but I managed to figure it out. I am a bit challenged when it comes to technology. It was shot on a flight to our favourite beach at Raglan. It is a short 15 min flight from home and we go over there a lot. When you see the scenery on the video, you will know why I love flying in there.” “Olivia sends her best wishes. She is busy finishing off her Pilots licence with Bill in the Cub. She has passed all her pilot exams so is keen to get her wings. She will want to borrow my plane!!” Take care, Neroli...

Dreaming Happy Taildragging Thoughts!

Sometimes you just wanna dream happy thoughts…. * Beech 18 from your friends at Poplar Grove Airport And from your friends at Red Stewart Airfield Super Cubs sent in by Shannon Gallagher * Jam packed color! * Blue Ice Aviation, AK Super Cub, Blue Ice Aviation, AK * * * * * 2007 Hatz Classic NX230RS, Ron Sieck...

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 at Oshkosh was amazing

Holy cow, I love Wisconsin. I found out today this really is COW country when I hopped a ride from Oshkosh for the 1 hour car drive to New Holstein for the Supercub fly-in. The drive really was beautiful with cow pastures and enormous dairy barns along the entire route. I normally never drive anywhere because I love to fly. But the stress of departing AirVenture, flying to New Holstein for the Supercub fly-in, then returning before they shut the field down at 8:00 seemed like something to be avoided at all cost.   Thank you, Anne Wright, for arranging a ride for me! Dean was a great guy who let me play with his ipad and entertained me to and from. A barn is not just a barn in Wisconsin and I saw some beautiful ones driving to New Holstein. So why would I leave AirVenture, the mecca for airplane lovers, and head for a tiny town on the other side of Lake Winnebago for a very small fly-in? Because it’s where people who actually LOVE to fly ….. go to FLY! The action started at 3:00 with a spot landing contest, a short field take off then a short field landing contest. Oh, and don’t forget the flour drop contest. I have absolutely no idea who won … mainly because it was awesomely entertaining just watching and appreciating the skill of the pilots. My iphone battery died a quick death about the time I shot these few pictures or I’d have many more to show. Some of the gals took pictures so I’m sure I’ll get them at some point.  “The gals” I’m referring to are all the lady taildragger pilots who were at New Holstein; incredibly enough, Di Hart from Australia, Lynn Meredith from Colorado, Anne Wright from Michigan, Wendy from Utah, Sarah Dickerson from Missouri, Donna Guerin from Alabama and Amy Gesch from Wisconsin. And me! For a small group, that’s a truly amazing number of women taildragger pilots. They are all camping and most will do daytime fly-outs on Thurs. & Friday before heading home this weekend. Bill Tracy gave me a ride in his Supercub and we did a little low river bottom flying with the door down. On a 99 degree day it was the best gift anyone could give. It’s truly an awesome airplane and one of the taildraggers on my bucket list! The evening ended, at least for me, with the BBQ dinner and conversation with everyone I bumped into.  A great way to end another day at Oshkosh....

Ladies do fly In Wyoming. Really!!

What? Still not enough snow for skis in Lisa Martin’s part of the world. Amazing! Doesn’t matter, she’s still a very busy girl! Thanks for your note and pictures Lisa! Still waiting for enough snow for skis in the Big Horn Basin (Wyoming), but I might actually have John talked into just hauling them up to a friend’s ranch strip so we can put them on there and try them out. He’s about got me convinced that we need a set with retractable wheels. Know any for sale? And would you look? I found (well with the help of Judy and LLT) some ladies here who like to fly enough to be pilots themselves. I’m so enjoying the companionship of women pilots right in my home town, Worland, WY. This picture is me and Bailey. She has some great scholarships for flight training in college and dreams of being an aerial applicator. There’s some gumption for us! I threw in one scenery picture. Sunrise in the Wind River Basin on my way home from dropping John off in Lander, WY to get his helicopter home before a winter storm settled in. Finally, me and Mary Ann who I met through Judy and the LLT site. She just moved to town and was looking to connect with other, the other, woman pilot in town. She’s a very experienced and accomplished pilot and we are having so much fun together. She talked me into joining the 99s, which she has been a part of for a long time and so now there are, I think, 9 of us in Wyoming. First time we went up and looked at the elk, a herd of about 1500 in the Big Horn Mtns. Today we flew west to the main Rocky chain, over the 15 mile herd of wild horses and elk, by Amelia Earhart’s old stomping grounds (Kirwin, an abandoned mining ghosttown) and then on to Thermopolis (the world’s largest mineral hot springs) for lunch at Las Fuentes. Dog-gone-it, we didn’t take a picture of the courtesy van that got us to town. We could have hauled a baseball team! Lisa...

Olivia Henwood     (New Zealand)

Olivia Henwood (New Zealand)

Olivia Henwood is based at Te Kowhai Airfield on the North Island of New Zealand. I am 20 years old and am a university student. I am learning to fly in my parents’ 1957 Super Cub and am currently half way towards obtaining my Private Pilot’s Licence. I am loving the challenge and sense of achievement you get from gaining new skills in the aircraft, as well as meeting other interesting and enthusiastic pilots! I love to fly and am lucky to share my parents’ interest and have access to a great aircraft and instructor (dad!). I enjoy taking in the beautiful New Zealand scenary and how much you can see from the air. We are just over the hill from the West Coast, and it is a favourite flying destination on a perfect summer’s day. I think it is time we got another plane otherwise dad won’t be able to come with us haha!! I love reading about all the other girls flying adventures and hope to fly to some amazing places one day soon. Thanks very much and I look forward to being a part of your group, and will hopefully meet some of you in my travels! Cheers, Olivia Henwood  ...

Flying the Big Horn Mountains

Wow, it’s late December and Lisa’s still able to fly without skis in Wyoming. Be sure and double click on the pictures so you can appreciate the elk and the wild horses, a sight you’ll never see in my neck of the woods. And Lisa, I sure could have used this ‘Santa Super Cub Girl’ picture in the Christmas video! Love it!! From Lisa Martin, Worland, Wyoming:  I am packing some flying in while the weather holds. Can hardly believe it’s winter with the balmy (40*) and calm we’ve had the last couple days. Had been too busy to fly for about 3 weeks so Saturday flew east to the Big Horn Mountains to check on “my” elk. I have about 1,000 I like to keep an eye on. When I got back to the airport, I made my shortest landing ever…to a full stop before the VASI lights! I was HAPPY (Sparky Imeson’s ‘Mountain Flying Bible’ has lots of good tips). John said he would have told me “Nice landing” but I was so busy telling him how great my landing was that he couldn’t get a word in. Today, Sunday, I headed west to check on “my” horses (wild horses that I like to keep an eye on). The two babies I adopted this spring, and named ‘Blueberry’ and ‘Blackberry’ look fat and sassy. Merrry Christmas! Lisa Martin...

Our “Downunder” Girls!

I have say it – – – I just love all the men that check out LadiesLoveTaildraggers! What, you say? Men – on a LADY taildraggers site? You bet! The men always know all the cool girls. Well, sometimes they come just to see if lady taildragger pilots really do exist but when they know taildraggin’ gals, they send them our way. It’s a beautiful thing! Take Philip Jones of South Australia for example. He not only knows four women who fly taildraggers in Australia, he’s forwarded them links to the blog and bought them all lady taildragger t-shirts. So far we’ve registered Donna Trigg, Dianne Hart & Susan Bolton of the ‘Downunder’ group. Phil tells me it’s really difficult to get all the ladies together in one spot at one time but he did manage to get Donna & Dianna together for a quick photo op. Donna & Dianne look lovely in their new t’s and I’m a little jealous – it’s summertime in Australia! – – – – Thanks Philip and keep on recruiting for us Downunder! Judy...

Girl’s fly-out to Marble, Colorado

Oh, I love this one Lisa! You and Wendy and Victoria flying out for a  girl’s flying/camping weekend in Colorado — all of you in your own Cubs — you’re the envy of all of us. Beautiful Cubs, wonderful adventures, great fun! Good one girls!! From Lisa Martin;  Three of us from the Ladies Love Taildraggers group met at a private airstrip near Marble, CO for a fall camping weekend. * We had people driving, hiking and flying in to say “Hi” to “the Ladies Love Taildraggers”. This group seems to be gaining quite a name for itself! * We hiked, helped a poor guy who’s cub was damaged by a ground loop, was invited to supper at a lodge with a group of vacationers that included several pilots, was investigated by a local fireman seeking information about a reported UFO sighting, sat around a campfire and watched space junk falling from a crystal clear mountain sky. * It was awesome. I’m just being silly about the “Super Girls’ Cub Club”…we are Ladies (who) Love Taildraggers! Lisa Martin  ...

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