The 2017 LadiesLoveTaildraggers Fly-in!
C77, Poplar Grove Airport, Illinois
Friday, Sept. 8 through Sunday, Sept. 10
Early arrivals Thursday, Sept. 7
JOIN US FOR A WEEKEND OF FUN & FLYING AT POPLAR GROVE AIRPORT, C77! THIS IS A REMARKABLE AIRPORT AND HOME TO MANY WOMEN TAILDRAGGER PILOTS.
2 GRASS and 1 HARD SURFACE RUNWAY
12/30, 3773′ X 50′, HARDSURFACE
9/27, 2709′ X 200′, GRASS & 17/35, 2467′ X 150′, GRASS
ELEVATION 857 FEET/UNICOM 122.8/100LL AND MOGAS
- Lady taildragger pilots and their guests are invited to stay with host C77 families
- Camping is free on the field – shower and bathrooms available
- Local motels will be hard to find at this point. Our Holiday Inn Express block of rooms has now expired. There is a HUGE soccer tournament also happening the same weekend.
Hangar Sphere MagazineÂ reportsÂ “Steve and Tina Thomas are the owners of this gem of an airport. Historically known as Belvidere Airport, today it is officially known as Poplar Grove Airport. Poplar Grove (the C77 identifier remains) is home to more than just an airport. It is home to a historic aviation campus complete with 1930s hangar and museum, one of the best GA maintenance facilities â€“ Poplar Grove Airmotive, and Bel Air Estates residential airpark.”
If you haven’t had the pleasure of visiting Poplar Grove, you are in for a treat. Flying is king here, especially in a vintage or antique taildragger. We’ve waited way too long to host our LLT fly-in at C77 and I’m thrilled this is our year!
Check out our fly-in agenda below, an ever evolving work-in-progress. As the date approaches, we’ll make final adjustments to the schedule and fill you in on the details. Everyone is welcome to attend but pre-registration is required. Check back for updates or register to attend and receive automatic emails!
September 7th, Thursday, Early Arrivals
-Dinner at Kelly Jeffries hangar
September 8th, Friday
-Breakfast by John and Pupae Ricciotti in the EAA Hangar, Donation Jar
-Poplar Grove Airmotive Shop Tour at 2PM
-Morning flyout to Brodhead Grassroots Fly-in (MAAC) and Kelch Aviation Museum. Attendees may join MAAC Organization when visiting Brodhead, $20. Lunch available.
-12 Noon, Flyout lunch to KRPJ, Flight Deck Restaurant, Rochelle, IL
-6:30 Lady Pilots Picture
-6:45 Dinner at EAA Hangar hosted byÂ EAA Chapter 1414, Shish Kabobs, etc. w/ beer, wine $10 pp. 50/50 Raffles. Guest Speaker, Ann Pellegreno, ‘Flying the Earhart Trail’
After Dinner, Tour the Jenny replica project in the EAA hangar
-Campfire and stories!
September 9th, Saturday
-Continental Breakfast by Kelly Jeffries at her hangar
-Pilot Briefing for Poker Run, mandatory for participants
-Poker Run, $25 donation to benefitÂ OSCAR MIKE Foundation
-Lunch, Dogs & Brats at picnic pavilion – $6 donation to Wings & Wheels Museum
-Tour the Vintage Wings and Wheels Museum
-Late afternoon Plane Walk, show & tell about you and your plane. Girl Scouts attending.
-Lady Pilots Picture
-6:30 ‘Gala on Golf’ Dinner, $20 with beer & wine
-Dinner Program B-17 pilot Lorraine Morris. 50/50 Raffles
September 10th, Sunday
-Breakfast farewell.Young Eagles Day/Pancake Breakfast ($7) Free for pilots flying Young Eagles
Pilots should plan on parking at the north end of the airfield, just south of the Wings and Wheels Museum. This is centrally located and close to the Picnic Pavilion where Registration will be set up. An overhead map with airport guidelines available in video.
Slideshow “Lady Taildragger pilots based at C77”