Ladies Love Taildraggers’ South Dakota Flyout -June 5- 11, 2021!

UPDATED 4/11/21. ONLY 4 LOCAL TRANSPORTATION VAN SEATS REMAINING. Wow, fantastic response to our upcoming South Dakota Flyout! Thanks to all who have registered and paid your ground transportation fees via PayPal.  You are confirmed and your transportation is arranged!  Keep in mind Registration is required to join our flying tour, and most important, spots are limited. Right now, we have 22 aircraft registered PLUS a group of 3 riding their Harleys to join us!  These pilots will be parking their bikes, giving their butts a break and taking the full van/motels tour with us!

44 People are registered (pilots & crews) flying a variety of aircraft; C170, (2) Supercubs, C195, (3) C180, Staggerwing, C172P, Piper PA12, RV8, Bellanca Viking and me in my Decathlon! 7 Planes will be campers, the rest will be taking the motel route. Those camping will have use of at least one van, more if necessary, to return to your camping spots in the evenings and reconnect with everyone in the a.m. 

If not camping, please make your motel reservations now. I’ve only blocked 10 rooms with special pricing at each motel and will attempt to get more if necessary. Let me know if you have any problems.  If the weather turns for the worse, you can always cancel your motels – in the meantime, you’ll be guaranteed a room! 

I have 4 vans rented with the option to rent one more. That’s it. That’s all available anywhere out of Rapid City or nearby. If we fill the last 4 seats in the four existing vans, I’ll start a wait list. If you’ve registered and not yet paid the $140 PayPal fee, please do it soon. Full payment confirms your spot.


Join us for our next Flying Adventure across the great State of South Dakota. Everyone welcome – taildraggers & tri-gear, women & men! Fly an airplane or drive along – Just Join Us!

I’m ready to put Covid-19 behind me, not to mention an entire year’s worth of government oversight restrictions. South Dakota has been wide open for a long time and the only state that has continued to welcome visitors with open arms. Because of that, and even though it’s nearly 1,000 miles to my favorite destination, I managed to fly there 3 times in 2020. I love South Dakota and would love to show it off to anyone who would like to fly along and visit my favorite South Dakota destinations. Yes, this is a LadiesLoveTaildraggers event but women, men, taildraggers and trigear are all welcome. We suffered thru Covid-19 together and it’s time we get back in the cross-country skies together.

Following is our initial itinerary, subject to change as necessary.

Dates: Saturday, June 5 – Friday, June 11, 2021
(or join as possible)

Saturday, June 5, 2021. KMHE Mitchell, SD Airport. (Flying Day – Tour begins!)
2:00 Meet at Airport for short drive to the famous Corn Palace for tour
4:00 Ride Share to Comfort Inn (or your choice motel or camping on field). Comfort Inn, 605-990-2400. Ladies Love Taildraggers Rate $116.99, King or 2 Queens. Hot breakfast included. Must reserve by May 21 to guarantee room.
6:00 Dinner at Whiskey Creek, Ruby Tuesdays or Blarney Pub (walking distance)

Sunday, June 6 (Flying Day)
9:00 a.m. Depart KMHE for 6V4 Wall, SD
Walk to the Famous Wall Drug Store or other for lunch
3:00 p.m. Depart and overfly Badlands National Park to KRAP Rapid City Airport

The Rushmore Hotel

Rapid City Airport, rental van(s) to The Rushmore Hotel & Suites, Downtown Rapid City. Walk to many nearby restaurants. Call The Rushmore 605-348-8300 for very special Ladies Love Taildraggers rate $147 nite, King or 2 Queens. Free wifi. 24 Hour cancellation policy. Be sure and book 2 nights!
After dinner, campers on to 3V0 Custer State Park Airport to camp overnight.

Monday, June 7 (No Flying Day, all touring by ground transportation)
10:00 a.m. van(s) depart for tour of Badlands National Park, maze of buttes, canyons, pinnacles and spires & Minuteman Missile National Historic Site.
6:00 p.m. return to Rapid City hotel and Dinner downtown.
Campers on to 3V0 Custer State Park Airport to camp overnight.

Tuesday, June 8 (flying day with overnight Spearfish)
10:00 a.m. group flight to 3V0 Custer State Park Airport
Lunch, Custer State Park Airport Jeep(s) transfer to State Game Lodge Restaurant. Buffett or std. menu available.
Afternoon flyout to KSPF Spearfish Airport
Meet our local hosts, Don & Maureen Alesi where campers are welcome at their cabin or airport, or book a room at the Holiday Inn North Black Hills/Convention Center, special Airport Rate $95 nite (605-642-4683). Reserve for 3 Nights to take in all the sights!

Wednesday & Thursday, June 9 & 10, (No Flying Days, all touring by ground transportation). Taildragger pilots Don and Maureen Alesi have a cabin and acreage in Deadwood, SD and will be our host guides. We will be staying at the Holiday Inn or camping. Hiking and tours of Mt. Rushmore, Crazy Horse, Custer, Deadwood, etc. with Alesi’s.

Deadwood, SD

Buffalo at Custer State Park

Friday June 11, we’ll fly the short distance NE to circle Devil’s Tower then head home.

More pictures of what we’ll see in South Dakota!!!

Visitors to the Badlands walk through a maze of canyons, gullies, ridges and mesas that occasionally give up ancient secrets like fossils of extinct animals that lived 20 to 40 million years ago.

Registration required as well as payment for ground transportation and entry fees to state and national parks (except Custer State Park). $140 Per Person.

$140 Per Person covers van transportation Sunday evening thru Friday morning, entry fee to Badlands National Park, Mt. Rushmore parking, Crazy Horse entry fee, hotel parking and gas. Large 15 person vans have been reserved however the rear seat will be removed (4 spaces) to make room for luggage. Accommodations and food not included.

Submit payment via PayPal to Check box “Sending Money to a Friend”. Do NOT check “Paying for an Item or Service”. All credit card options available.

REGISTRATION FORM, Ladies Love Taildraggers South Dakota Flyout


  • Renee
    Posted at 19:47h, 31 March Reply

    Can’t wait to visit this area. One more NP off the bucket list. Thanks Judy.

  • flyinval
    Posted at 09:15h, 15 March Reply

    The Cessna 195 convention was in Bismark, North Dakota in 2019 and we spent several days touring South Dakota. Beautiful and so much to see. Bob Simmers of was our host and I am sure would assist in any way we might need. Looking forward to it.
    Thanks Judy!

  • Kelly Jeffries
    Posted at 12:05h, 07 March Reply

    This is a fabulous idea, fly someplace open! I’m looking forward to the trip.

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