Jill “Raggz” Long (Pennsylvania)

Jill “Raggz” Long was born in Michigan and raised in Oregon and has called many places home; Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan; Boise, Idaho; Portland, Oregon; the United Kingdom; South Korea; Tucson, Arizona; Columbia, SC, Wichita Falls, Texas, and Italy… she, husband Chuck, and faithful dog Jackson, recently returned from active duty in Vilseck, Germany. 

Hi there,

I’m an active duty Lt Col currently stationed in Germany and am the commander of the 2nd Air Support Operations Squadron. I learned to fly in an old, beat up, BEAUTIFUL Talyorcraft when I was 15 and have been soaring ever since! My husband Chuck and I started flying airshows in a Pitts S2B about 5-years ago…I fly, he does all the hard work, like smoke oil , fuel, keeping me on track 😉

We call our airshow business “Ragged Edge Aviation” and our mission is to inspire others to Dream Big!

This year, because of our work in airshows and with Women Soar of EAA which takes place during Airventure, I received the NOAA Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Mentorship Award…an absolute honor!

Judy, Thanks for putting together a great website that will surely help create more “real pilots” (said jokingly).  Let me know if there is anything I can do to help you promote it.


  • Anne Wright
    Posted at 08:44h, 16 June Reply

    Hi Jill, there’s a nice article about the Women Soar program and picture of you in the EAA Sport Aviation magazine, June 2011 issue. Thanks for your work on this program! Hopefully next year, I’ll apply in time to be a mentor. Will you be at Oshkosh this year?


  • Jill Long
    Posted at 00:39h, 18 June Reply


    You are tooooo funny…they really don’t give you a lobotomies when you become a Lt Col it is only an old Captains tale 😉

    I for one am all for any and all pilot stories, especially when they include “big hair”! Hopefully we’ll see you at Oshkosh again this year. I am only doing a touch and go at Women Soar Sun-Wed…I have to get back for work.

    Hope to see you there.


  • Anne Wright
    Posted at 23:26h, 17 June Reply

    I met Jill at the WAI breakfast last year – she is certainly a wonderful role model and it was great to talk to her. I told her a perfectly awful story called the “Stupid Hair Story,” she listened so politely, and I had no idea I was talking to a LtCol and airshow pilot! Good thing I’m too old to get embarrassed any more!

    Welcome to the website, Jill!

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