Judi Gordon (Illinois)

Judi Gordon is based at C77, Poplar Grove Airport, Illinois.

Sept. 24, 2012 Update

I got a note today from Judi Gordon who’s back into flying after a 13 year hiatus.  Judi’s based at C77, Poplar Grove Airport, Illinois. Not long ago she and her husband had plans to buy a Skybolt but things have changed! Here’s an update from Judi.

“Well, the Skybolt didn’t work out so well.  Hubby checked her out and turned right around.  He didn’t even fly her.  Then we looked at a couple other planes, and as the frustration over the summer grew and grew, we never thought we’d find the right bird.”

N23RG, Marquart MA-5 Charger

” But a week ago today, to the minute, he headed out to PA to check out a Marquart Charger that had just come on the market.  She was perfect in every way, and now she’s OURS!  This is one of the baby bi-planes, and she was an Oshkosh Grand Champion winner in 1987.”

Judi Gordon


Here’s an update from Judi on her flying life, pictures and all!

Judi Gordon. Me trying on the Skybolt for size yesterday.  I think I had 3 butt cushions and 2 back cushions, and hubby will still have to fashion me some pedal extensions, but we’re approaching reasonable in terms of a fit.

5/15/12: I’m a private pilot SEL with approximately 120 hours. I’m getting back into flying after a 13 year hiatus and I am a bit nervous about the whole ordeal.  I have never flown taildraggers, however as long as I’m taking on the challenge of again getting comfortable flying, I might as well learn a new skill while I’m at it.
6/17/12 Update:  I’ve logged 2.2 hours and 12 landings (most of them unaided) in the local J-3 Cub for the past 3 weekends with an awesome instructor.  Father’s Day was a Hatts bi-plane ride at 8 a.m., a J-3 lesson at 9 a.m., and a picnic at C-77 surrounded by planes and people I adore! Monday I’m back out to C-77 to try on a Skybolt for size – I need to do this, because I’m only 5′ 0″ and even in the J-3 I am challenged to reach the pedals.  If all goes well, then next weekend hubby will be heading down to Florida to bring this cute li’l Skybolt home for us!

New Skybolt. I can’t wait to meet her!


Judi Gordon
C77 Poplar Grove Airport
  • David
    Posted at 18:08h, 04 January Reply

    Congratulations Judi! Judi started the new year by finishing her tail dragger endorsement… on skis! Good job.

  • Dana Bain
    Posted at 21:02h, 20 June Reply

    My hiatus was 25 years. Taildraggers are where its at, everything else pales in comparison. Except maybe a fighter jet but I don’t think that’s an option….have a blast!!!

  • Boyd
    Posted at 15:56h, 20 June Reply

    Glad to see your having fun! I want to see you flying the “Bolt”…
    They make a contraption that is used on S2 Pitt’s to move the pedals further back. It is very simple and can be removed quickly. It is 2 pieces that go on the rudder cables just aft of the rear set of pedals. They make the cable form an “S” that takes up 3 or 4 inches of cable moving the pedal further back. Since the front set of rudder pedals is attached to the rear they also move rearward. They can be removed or installed in minutes. Only problem I really don’t know who makes them….

  • christina chapman
    Posted at 22:18h, 16 May Reply

    Kudos to you. Great idea to fly a taildragger. You’re going to be hooked.

  • Anne Wright
    Posted at 08:10h, 15 May Reply

    Welcome back to aviation, and you couldn’t do it at a better place than Poplar Grove. Tina & crew will quickly get you back in the groove!

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