July 2017

Jessica Brooks is based at 1K1, Lloyd Stearman Field, Benton, Kansas. I am born and raised in an aviation family of about 13 or so pilots, including myself. I am working on my Private. I have around 10 hours nosewheel time but I've flown tons of time in tailwheel...

Joelene Smith-Drake is based at 2R2, Hendricks County Airport-Gordon Graham Field, Indianapolis, Indiana. Love to fly and looking for other women pilots. I work for Dow Chemical in Quality. Have taildragger endorsement but never spent any other time flying a taildragger. I would like to build an airplane and...

Samantha Sizemore is based at KCHD, Chandler Municipal Airport, Chandler, Arizona. I am a 26 year old aviation and space enthusiast! I graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Aviation Technology, with a minor in Space Commercialization and a Certificate in Airport Management. I was also active in multiple...

"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."  Dr. Seuss After 7 nights at AirVenture I'm back home in Indy today, reacquainting myself with air-conditioning, a private shower, and my lonely husband. ;)  Coming home is sweet but oh-my-gosh, it was an incredible week. The...

One thing that wasn't in my plan this week at OSH was losing my cell phone. It's constantly in my hand or on my hip ready to phone, IM, text or Facebook instantly. Losing it was stressful, but hopeful, given there were limited options where...

My phone got smashed and totally destroyed in a parking lot this evening at OSH. If you try calling or texting me the next few days, you'll end up in the abyss I hope to retrieve someday soon. Verizon will find me on their doorstep...

[caption id="attachment_43370" align="aligncenter" width="570"] Lady taildragger pilot Madonna McMahan and her Boeing PT17[/caption] It's exhausting and exhilarating, deafeningly loud and abuzz with excitement. For 7 days in July it's the busiest airport on earth packed full of people and planes. It's where I spend one entire...

[caption id="attachment_43312" align="aligncenter" width="570"] A chance encounter with Jill Manka this afternoon. Of course Jill is here![/caption] I'm at AirVenture 2017 and having way too much fun for my own good. Seriously, we're talking early mornings and late nights because OSH is a full sensory overload,...

Woohoo, I made it to OSH!! My buddy Dennis Hutchinson and I flew a 2-ship Saturday from MQJ to OSH; me in my oh-so-gorgeous Decathlon and Dennis in his just completed homebuilt restoration project, a Davis DA-2A. Both birds are patriotic as heck flashing nothing but...

I'm delighted to introduce you to our newest LadiesLoveTaildraggers' member, Susan Neal. Susan registered for LLT membership on-line a few days ago and when I opened the file with all her information, including pictures, I gasped. Looking back at me was former LadiesLoveTaildraggers member Elaine...