From Faith D on the Blakesburg, Antique Airfield Fly-in

More from Antique Airfield and the Airpower Museum at Blakesburg, Iowa sent in by Faith D. FYI ladies, she had a great time and wants to see more LLT’s there next year. Let’s make it happen! I’m putting together a list of 2012 fly-ins all across the country that would be great destinations for us gals to meet and Blakesburg will be on the list. If you have an event in your area that we should also consider please contact me at Judy


Judy, Blakesburg really was fantastic; this was my first time and it surely was worth the trip. Hope you can make it next year!

Stinson Tri-Motor

I had to work in Nashville the week before Blakesburg, so I was stuck arriving into DSM on Delta and driving down to IA27. However, a friend of mine flew up in his Piper Warrior, so I arranged to ride back home to Florida with him. We both arrived on Friday evening, met up with another gal pilot friend, and spent a fantastic Saturday making new friends and wiping our drool marks off of our favorite antiques.

Gail Schipper & Faith Saturday flying the Bucker

Saturday night saw a cold front passing through Iowa, bringing rain showers to frantically send the evening movie indoors, and cooling things off quite significantly. I sure was glad not to be camping that evening!

Rearwin Speedster


The museum had a Kinner engine on display; it of course made me think of Summer & the Student Prince. Now there's an antique that was very much missed - maybe next year, Summer??

On Sunday we had a hard decision to make: back to Blakesburg for some more fun, or try to beat tropical storm Lee before it stalled and prevented our trip back to Florida. We opted to make a beeline south as the cold front seemed to be keeping Lee at bay, but unfortunately Lee crept northward enough to leave us stuck in Little Rock for 36 hours while we waited for the storm to pass.

First signs of Lee

We entertained ourselves as tourists, visiting the Peabody to watch the ducks march and finding the little rock for which the town was named.

Peabody Hotel Ducks

THE Little Rock

We headed back to Florida on Tuesday afternoon with the aid of excellent tailwinds, and arrived just in time to appreciate a beautiful sunset and Florida’s first taste of fall weather.

Mississippi River

Sunset & Rwy Lights of Home

It was a memorable experience to be sure, and I am already hatching plans to be back next year! I’ll admit I got a bit over-excited and took fewer pictures than I would have liked, but I’m attaching a bunch of photos in hopes of enticing some more gals to come!  It would be great to have a big Ladies Love Taildraggers turnout next year!



1 Comment
  • Lisa Martin
    Posted at 09:32h, 12 September Reply

    I love the pictures. It looks like fun. I think my airplane would qualify, but wouldn’t be one of the “cool” ones 🙂

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