Barbe Park (Oregon)

Barbe Park is based at KMMV, McMinnville Municipal Airport, McMinnville, Oregon.

Endorsement day!

You’re kidding, right?  Who WOULDN’T fly a tailwheel??! Those airplanes with the thing under their nose, they just look wrong! I fly a 7KCAB Citabria…………..

Barbe & her favorite Citabria

Been doing some time in a friend’s 1946 Aeronca Chief 11AC (that’s right, 85 hp!)

True Love

Love my tailwheels!  And love your organization!!

Barbe Park


  • Barbara Kirmsse
    Posted at 14:12h, 31 August Reply

    Hey Barbe….Just sent you an email. Thanks for the shout out regarding my new Private Pilot’s Cerificate in my Luscombe!

    Alta Loma, Ca

  • barbe park
    Posted at 18:14h, 03 October Reply

    ooohhh, i only just now checked my messages on our wonderful taildragger site…so sorry if i didn’t get back to any of you!! i love this site and reading about all of YOU!
    i flew an open air biplane this weekend, a Marquart Charger!! did 2 hammerheads & 1 aileron/barrel roll (can’t decide what it really was!!), and flew about 50 feet over the Willamette River for about an hour!!!
    landing it was hilarious and thank goodness, a very forgiving aeroplane, but needless to say, forward visibility was nill!
    i was freezing and my legs totally frozen on the rudder pedals but i’m ready to jump in her again, any time!!

    have a great day!!

    • Lisa Martin
      Posted at 08:43h, 04 October Reply

      How fun! I’m looking forward to that next item on my list, aerobatics (and open cockpit would be awesome), after I have finished a glider rating.

  • Linda Melhoff
    Posted at 10:22h, 10 September Reply

    Hi Barbe,
    It was great to meet you at Lenhardt and I love seeing you here to represent Oregon. We missed you at breakfast Friday but the gals are planning another breakfast fly-out next month. (Oct 7th, I believe) Hope to see you then.

    • barbe park
      Posted at 18:18h, 03 October Reply

      well hello, Linda!
      it’s hard to get away during the work week but i’m going to try for this friday in 7S5 (i think that’s right!)…
      weather is rotten today thru wednesday so hopefully clearing by friday!
      hope you’re doing well.
      i’ve been doing a little Cub flying out of Twin Oaks and we’re planning some “lessons” to Lenhardt’s …maybe i’ll run into you!

      take care!

  • Shauna
    Posted at 12:19h, 05 September Reply

    Hi Barbe! met you at the IAC in Pendleton. I love this taildragger site for women!! I started looking at the page and recognized you immediately!!!

    Say Hi to my old friend Robbie too!!
    Shauna Burrow, Eureka, CA

    • barbe park
      Posted at 18:16h, 03 October Reply

      will do Shauna, i’ll tell Robbie HI for you!!!
      hope you are doing well!


  • Faith
    Posted at 11:09h, 15 July Reply

    Hey Barbe! Seen you on FB, nice to see you on here!

    I was just at KMMV last weekend – got married Sat & brought my family & several pilot friends to the Evergreen Aviation Museum on Sun. We traveled in a fleet that Dave loaned us from Willamette Aviation. I was eyeing that gorgeous Citabria while following it in on downwind & missing my Super Decathlon!

    Wish I’d known you were around KMMV – I’d have looked you up. Next time!

    -Faith “Zulu Charlie”

  • christina chapman
    Posted at 12:45h, 03 July Reply


    Come out and MEET some of the taildragger pilots–and a few others, at my Woman Wise Airmanship fly-in (or drive in) Symposium at Smiley Creek Idaho. Details on this website with photos. Promises to be a lot of fun. And, you’re not that far. Love the paint scheme on your citabria… Come on out!

  • Lisa Martin
    Posted at 07:50h, 01 July Reply

    Hi Barbe. McMinville isn’t tooooo far from Wyoming. Maybe I’ll run into you some day. My mom and dad spend time in Bend about once a year and I’ve always though about flying there to visit. Seems like it’s always a busy time of year for me though (work-wise). Oregon seems to have a very healthy GA community.

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