Apr 2010 Bette Bach Fineman (Arizona)
Bette Bach Fineman is based at Montezuma Airport (19AZ) Camp Verde, Arizona, and says she has owned a total of 14 airplanes, all but one a taildragger!
I flew right seat in taildraggers from 1957 to 1968, when I finally soloed my first Aeronca Champ. Â Got my license in 1970, graduated to a DeHavilland Tiger Moth in 1972 and have owned 14 airplanes (only one of which was not a taildragger), Â but no more than three at any one time!
Bette’s first Champ in 1968
All six of my children flew before they were born. Â Both husbands were/are flight instructors who encouraged my career which has included aerial photography, flying formation for other photographers, ferrying antiques and classics across the country, running a Vermont soaring school with another single mother, editing aviation books and doing some of my own writing.
I published my book “Patterns: Tales of Flying and of Life” a couple of years ago. Â We live at a residential airpark, with my third Champ in the hangar, and just sold a Cessna 180. Sadly, recently retired from solo flight due to limited eyesight.
For more about Bette’s amazing life check out Winged Victory: Interview with Bette Bach Fineman