Dee Holm    (Arizona)

Dee Holm (Arizona)

Update April 11, 2011 Dee Holm has been flying nosedraggers since 2002, but things have changed and she’s having fun now!  Congratulations to Dee on her brand new taildragger endorsement! “Hi there. Now I can say that I am a taildragger pilot!  The 26 hours during three months interrupted by bouts of bronchitis were well worth it.  I am totally hooked and can’t wait for my next solo ride to see if I can better my first three landings.” “My instructor had more confidence in me than I did myself–he let me go with 9 kt crosswinds 50 degrees off the runway heading.  The only glitch was I had to follow a high-wing student pilot flying B-52 patterns with 1 mile finals!!!  That’s not easy power out at the numbers 🙂  Just such an exhilarating feeling landing a three wheel stance all by myself and I must admit scary too.  If I win the lottery, I know what plane I will buy–a SuperCub.  Just hope my husband doesn’t mind that our Kitfox IV is my second choice :)” “In case you are wondering, the weather in Chandler, AZ was great!  My thanks to Chandler Air Service and Greg Stafford for such great instruction.  Note the Tee! See you in the sky,” Dee Holm Joined February 14, 2011 Dee Holm is based at (KGEU) Glendale Municipal Airport, Glendale, Arizona. I’ve been flying since 2002, mostly Cessna nosedraggers. I just started taildragger lessons in SuperCubs. Now I know why it’s better to learn first in a taildragger–every other GA plane is less demanding and perhaps a little boring. Someday I’d like to fly our Kitfox IV Speedster! I’m a 99 and member of the Phoenix Chapter.  I will be passing this blog on to other 99s I know....

Gwen White    (Alaska)

Gwen White (Alaska)

Gwen White, previously of Willow, Alaska, currently residing in NY. We moved to Alaska in the 90’s. I fell in love with the Supercub so we bought one. I received my license in 1997. I love the taildragger. It is the only aircraft I enjoy flying. It makes flying more challenging. I love flying in Alaska, the country is amazing and there is plenty to see. We have our Supercub on wheels, floats and now wheel skies. So we enjoy it in all the seasons. God has truly blessed me. * Wow, I love your site. I can’t believe I am just finding it. I love seeing all the pictures. Awesome website. Really enjoy it. It is nice to know there are women who love the Taildragger like I do. God Bless, Gwen White...

Joy Smith    (Alaska)

Joy Smith (Alaska)

Joy Smith is based at a private airstrip in Alaska and flies a Super Cub and a Cessna 180 Skywagon. Joy Smith just sent us pictures taken today of her first Supercub flight on skis – this year – from Alaska! (Joy, I found your email tonight right after I got home from watching another episode of ‘Flying Wild Alaska’ with some friends. Great timing!!!) “Finally got the skis on my Cub this week and made my first ski flight today. What fun, and it is great to have the Cub sitting on the lake in front of the house now.” “Looking forward to going across the Cook Inlet and finding some good places to land on the West Side.” Posted November 28, 2010 Joy Smith is based at a private airstrip in Alaska and flies a Super Cub and a Cessna 180 Skywagon. I have a Super Cub and have been flying since ’92. When I got my pilot’s license, my life was reshaped and flying became everything to me. I fly as much and as often as I can. My favorite is flying and camping, but also enjoy flyins, flying to meet up with friends for breakfast or lunch, or just touch and goes in the pattern. I just moved to Alaska this summer, and look forward to ski flying starting in a week or two. Thanks, and look forward to participating in Ladies Love Taildraggers. Joy...

Darlene Rudisill     (Alaska)

Darlene Rudisill (Alaska)

Darlene Rudisill is based at Moose Pass, Alaska in the summers and flies on the west side of the Kenai Peninsula the rest of the year. My friend, Joy Smith, sent me the link to this web site.  This is really awesome.  I’m very excited about being a part of this community. In 1975 my Grandfather taught me to fly in a Luscombe, off of a dirt strip in San Diego, CA.  I have had a passion for flying all of my life, especially taildraggers.  I got my CFI in 1980. In the beginning I taught in all Piper singles including a Super Cub and also in a Bellanca Scout.  As time went by I flew and taught in anything I could get my hands on. I still have the Luscombe that I started in and finished a full restoration on her in March of 2008.  Her maiden flight was out of Chino, CA.  Last May I flew her from Southern California to her new home in Soldotna, Alaska. I have made aviation my lifetime career.  I love most all airplanes.  I have done Charter and Corporate flying in Lear Jets, but I really love being a flight instructor and that is all I do now. I have a CFII MEI Land and Single Engine Sea. The Wilga I flew from Canada to So Cal for someone and checked out some other pilots in it.  It is an interesting beast. I spend my summers teaching float flying in Super Cubs out of Moose Pass, Alaska and in the winter I live and fly on the west side of the Kenai Peninsula. These last four pictures are from my wedding, Sept. 19, 2009.  My husband Allan and I got married at one of my very favorite places on earth, at the dock in Moose Pass, Alaska, where I teach in the summer. * * Looking forward to getting to know some of the other ladies....

Allison Wheaton    (Indiana)

Allison Wheaton (Indiana)

Allison Wheaton is based in Angola, Indiana. Hi there, I grew up flying taildraggers & love love love that you’ve got a group together to share stories. 🙂  Those crusty boys get to have groups, nice that there’s one for us too. 🙂 My first solo was in a Super Cub, then my dad got a Cessna 170, which I loved dearly.  I received a grant from college which I used to buy fuel & my dog & I flew it across the country & back camping along the way. After college I went down to FL for flight school in nosedraggers for a couple months then taught @ Brown’s Seaplane Base in Cubs on floats for a year & a half. Then I went to Seattle & flew floats for Kenmore, taught in the Super Cub then flew the Beaver on the line, way fun.  Each spring I would return to help Brown’s during Sun n Fun, where I met my boyfriend & then moved to Fort Wayne. Now I get to fly recreationally, which I really enjoy & do friends’ flight reviews, which usually provides some tasty payoffs. 🙂  We have a Maule which is on floats in the summer, wheels in the fall/early spring & skis in the winter (which is lasting longer than I’d like right about now…).  We also have a Cub that is on tundras in the summer & skis in the snow. I’ve been very blessed to have aviation in my life & enjoying sharing it with others.  We do a lot of rides for Young Eagles & people in our community.  Good will goes a long way in combating airplane noise… Aviation provides a wonderful perspective on the world that I think more people should see.  Especially when experienced from a classic (classy) taildragger. 🙂 Thanks, looking forward to reading more about other gals & hopefully getting together. ~Allison...

Olivia Henwood’s 1st Solo (New Zealand)

Good news, a 1st solo in a Supercub! Fellow lady taildragger Neroli Henwood sent this message and pictures to share about a 1st solo by someone very dear to her –  her daughter Olivia! “Just thought I would share a photo and update with you and the taildragger ladies.” Olivia and the Supercub “A couple of days ago my husband Bill, sent our daughter Olivia (19) off on her first Solo flight in our Supercub. It was a very exciting morning. I had an idea it may be the special day, so decide to take the camera along and get some pics. She hadn’t flown for a few weeks so wasn’t expecting it on the day, but she flew so well that Dad sent her off. I must admit to feeling a little sick when she flew past and I realized she was on her own. Much more nervous than when I soloed myself! She really enjoyed it and I have attached a photo of  her solo ‘touchdown’ and I was delighted to see in the photo that she had a big smile on her face.” Olivia and her dad, Bill, sharing a happy moment! “I realize that you northern hemisphere ladies are in the grips of winter, so hope that you get some opportunities to go for a blast and lift the winter blues ): ” “Wishing you blue skies & tailwinds,” Neroli Henwood...

Flavia Lonardi     (Italy)

Flavia Lonardi (Italy)

Welcome to Flavia Lonardi! Flavia is based at the Airport of Boscomantico (LIPN) and flies a PA-18-150 hp Super Cub. I fly my PA18-150, tail number I-GOLF. I love it very much! I got my license in 2006 and I hope to became a mountain pilot too soon… The following two pictures are of I-GOLF at the ERZBERG Fly-in 2008 (Germany). For some remarkable pictures, check out the link to more pictures from that fly-in; Erzberg Fly-in 2008 Since its always interesting to see the airports our gals fly out of, here are a couple pictures and info from the Airport of Boscomantico website. “Our airport, surrounded by the river Adige, is located north of the romantic town of Verona, where Shakespeare set the tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, at the foot of the green hills of Valpolicella, famous all over the world for the quality of their wine.” “You will be welcomed with courtesy and hospitality and you will find the facilities our position offers; the airport is a few minutes from the centre of Verona and an hour of flight from the wonderful lagoon of Venice and the charming island of Elba.”...

Elisa Bretterebner    (Austria)

Elisa Bretterebner (Austria)

Elisa Bretterebner is from Trautenfels, Austria, is based at LOXA, Aigen im Ennstal, Austria and flies a Super Cub, C-Falke & and Grob 109B. Hey to all of you! I started my gliding instruction in 2005 in the age of 15. In April 2010 I started my private pilot licence instruction therefore I was flying a Piper PA-18 Super Cub and a SF-25 “C-Falke” which is a taildragger as well. 4 months later I got my licence and I´m still flying only taildraggers. Most of time I´m flying our tow plane, a Grob 109B Turbo which is actually a motorglider, but a taildragger as well 🙂. Blue skies and always happy landings to all of you 🙂 Best regards, Elisa Bretterebner http://www.fsg-grimming.at/...

Future Lady Taildragger “Piper” Frith (Florida)

We love to have fun on Ladies Love Taildraggers and we love to see moms or dads encouraging their children to share their passion. Here’s a cutie from Florida, sent in by her dad, and I can’t wait to hear how she spends her 16th birthday!! “I don’t know if these count, but here are some pictures of my little taildragger girl, my daughter Piper in our Supercub, and yes, she loves taildraggers.” Little bitty Piper Frith, sent in by proud dad, Glenn Frith * Piper, I’ve got to get some of those pink headsets!! * Piper sitting in the back of her dad’s Piper Supercub. Very cute but I’m guessing a little camera shy?!? * Looks like she’s got everything under control. Just think how many times she’ll get to wash this Cub before her 1st solo!! “I am sure she will be a member of your group someday!” Regards, Glenn Frith President...

Dana Bain    (Missouri)

Dana Bain (Missouri)

Dana Bain flies a PA18 Piper Super Cub out of Noah’s Ark Airport (o6MO) Waldron, Missouri. After a 20 year “break” from flying, I started learning again in a PA-18 Piper Super Cub last spring and had the best summer of my life (thanks to a patient husband and a terrific instructor, my aviation partners).  I’m an air traffic controller at Kansas City Center and I fly out of Noah’s Ark, which is real close to KMCI.  I only have about 40 hours so far but am starting to do some short trips and having a blast!  Not ready for OSH yet but maybe pancakes in Tarkio first, work my way up 🙂 My instructor/partner is already pictured on you website; he is Steve Johnson who gave Cathy Pierce her taildragger endorsement.  Small world!...

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