It’s been 2 short years but we’ve come a long way ladies! Two years ago today I posted the very first lady pilot to LadiesLoveTaildraggers.com – ME – and the only other woman taildragger pilot I knew at that time, Kathy Norris from Liberty, Indiana. I was sure there were plenty more, passionate lady taildragger pilots flying around than just the two of us, but I wasn’t at all sure we’d be able to find each other! Oh, isn’t the internet wonderful!?!
I can tell you, things started off slow and it was tough even finding a friend – who had a friend – who knew a lady taildragger pilot. I remember being at Oshkosh in 2009 and pinning a homemade sign on my back that said, “STOP ME IF YOU’RE A LADY TAILDRAGGER PILOT!!” and walking around all day. Â Seemed like a good idea!?? I did meet a couple of women that way but not near as many as I hoped. I still have to laugh about the most enlightening conversation I had in the midst ofÂ traipsingÂ around wearing my sign. One very insightful young gal quietly pulled me aside and said “Ma’am, I have to tell you, there’s a better way. Have you ever heard of Facebook? Get on there and lady taildragger pilots will come out of the woodwork!” Well, after I got over the notion that people over the age of ‘teeny-bopper’ don’t use Facebook, I saw the light and signed up. I have no idea who she was but I owe her a big belated thank you forÂ steeringÂ me in that direction.
THANK YOU – THANK YOU – to my son, Craig Birchler, for helping his mom every step of the way! It was Craig that did the initial set up and continues to pull his mom out of a jam whenever there’s a computer glitch over my pay grade. And speaking of pay grades, Craig volunteers his time and expertise – paygrade….less!
And lastly and most importantly, thank you to myÂ terrificÂ husband, Boyd, for his encouragement from the very start. He’s patiently waited on me many a time when I’ve said, “just a couple more minutes and I’ll be right there – I just need to post ONE more little thing or send ONE more quick email!” He gets a huge kick out off reading about and seeing all the amazing taildragger ladies that have come across my laptop in the last 2 years and is our biggest fan! 🙂