By Judy Birchler, host of LadiesLoveTaildraggers.com
The airport I learned to fly at years ago may very well be the best fly-in destination around for taildraggers of all assortments. Â It’s grass, the pilots hanging out there have been there for years, most of them actually fly their airplanes, they enjoy new people visiting their airport, they’re ready to help if you need it and they’re even more ready to offer advice on any subject known to man – make that woman – if you want to hang around and hear it. Â So that said, I’m on a mission to locate as many “best taildraggin” airstrips as I can and with luck, fly there to see why it’s so special. Â Lady taildraggers are welcome to join me!!
Here are a few pictures from my #1: Â Skylane Airport
If you have a favorite, let me know where it is and why I need to fly there. Â I’m starting a list of best airports and hope to see it grow with your suggestions and comments. Â You can post a comment below or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Â Suggestions so far……
#1 Â Skylane Airport, Evansville, IN 3EV (best hanging out spot)
#2 Napoleon, Michigan 3NP (best breakfast, pie & ice cream @ Chilly Willies)
#3 Â Broadhead, WI for the Midwest Antique Airplane Fly-in
#4 Â Red Stewart Airfield, great tailwheel, grass strip in Waynesville, OH
Above is runway 36, Skylane Airport probably taken after one of the guys spent hours cutting all that grass. Â Sure looks inviting!
Nothing happens at Skylane without spending hours debating under “the tree”. Â Corporations need a boardroom, families need a kitchen table and Skylane needs “the tree of knowledge”.
So, if you know a great place to land where the airport is the true destination – anywhere in the country – let me know. Â Grass is good but doesn’t have to be. Â It’s about the people and the planes – especially the taildraggers! Â If Â you want to help round out this list, let me know where it is and why I need to fly there. Â I’ll be the one in the Champ!