Gail Schipper  (Colorado)

Gail Schipper (Colorado)

Gail Schipper flies a Bucker Jungmann and is based at Longmont, Colorado (KLMO).  She writes, “There seems to be a terrible gap in your pilot map. WHAT! Not one in Colorado? I’m here to help you with that deficit.” I wanted to fly since I was a kid and my uncle took my dad flying–my sister and I got to tag along in the back seat of the C182. It was the 1970s and everything was about space flight. My uncle flew some parabolas so we could experience zero gs. It was fabulous. I tried to get my license in high school but became convinced that I both couldn’t afford it and that I wasn’t gifted enough to figure out how to control an airplane. I had no female pilot role models and just couldn’t see that there was a place for me in that world. After graduate school I met a woman who was just about to get her license and thought I should give it another try. At the party given for her completion of her private license I met a glider instructor, who later became my husband. I got my power license the day before our wedding, a wedding conducted in two Mooneys flying formation over NYC. We have owned a 7AC Champ, two C170s and are now proud owners of a Bücker Jungmann. I fly some basic aerobatics and have competed in two local competitions–one of which I somehow won in the Primary category. The next goals are to continue working on Sportsmann-level aerobatic figures and begin to learn to do some sky-writing–just for fun. Smoke on! ——————————————————– Gail also sent us a few of her videos! Here’s a link to my latest video. My husband and I do lots of videos for fun. This one is from last weekend’s flights in honor of the 100th anniversary of women pilots: Here’s a quick cutie taking my friend Natalie around the patch to “Where are the simple joys of maidenhood” from Camelot: The summer I first learned to fly upside down was highly documented by my long-suffering husband.  This one is rather long but if you hang in until the end you get to hear me swear:...

Gee Bee Video

For the Gee Bee addicts out there! Check out the video…....

Alaskan Women Bush Pilots Video

“The Smoken Babes” talk about flying in Alaska – what an adrenalin rush!...

Taildraggers Rule, South African Video

Yes they do, all over the world!  Hey, Mary Lou, better turn up the volume……...

You may want to see these videos!

If you’re into taildraggers and amazing video footage, here are a few links you’ll find interesting – all are really short. A great view from inside the plane as a Cub is landed on a gravel bar in Alaska! Alaskan Gravel Bar Landing Oshkosh 2007.  A  North American T-6 experienced a loss of engine power over Hwy 41 near Oshkosh and was forced to land on the highway.  Incredibly, a Wisconsin State Patrol trooper caught the landing on video tape!   Contributed by Craig Wix. T-6 Highway Landing Ever see a plane take off in just 18 feet? Super-Cub Takeoff! Ever see a plane land on a dime? Super Cub Landing This one should *almost* be in the “Water” category!  A truly amazing back-country landing… Super Cub Landing II If you have flying video you’d like to see posted, please send the link to judy.birchler@gmail.com....

2009 Blakesburg Fly-in

From Travis Gregory on the Fearless Aeronca Aviators list, “This is quite artistic and turn up your sound for a Great Moody Blues classic. You”ll like this, trust me.”...

A “must see” Oshkosh AirVenture 2009 Video

If you missed Oshkosh 2009, here’s a great video that will make you regret missing it for sure!...

Pat Wegner (Wisconsin)

Pat Wegner owns and flys a 108 h.p. 1948 Stinson Voyager with a  Franklin engine based in Milwaukee, WI.  Please see her story provided by our friend, Ray Johnson, from the 2008 Marion, Indiana Flyin Drivein. Bright House Networks, Inge Harte, speaks with lady taildragger pilots Pat Wegner & Marge Balaz about their flying activities.  Both of these lady taildragger pilots encourage other women to get into flying and aircraft ownership....

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