Lorrie Penner’s Pawnee Flying

Lorrie flies out of Red Stewart Airport, Waynesville, Ohio.

Lorrie’s June 2, 2010 Update:
I haven’t updated for awhile, so will let you know that I flew the Pawnee on Mother’s Day, got my 10 t/o and landings in and 3 supervised tows. Then the next two Sundays I’ve been officially towing – once for the CAP kids who came over for a camp-out at the glider club and this Sunday for my own crew. The most difficult element for me so far is the heat… Ohio hasn’t had much until recently and now it has been here in full force. This last Sunday I ended up with a nice little heat rash around my neck, which took two days to clear up and was very itchy!

I’m having a blast towing gliders in this Pawnee!

For the glider photo – so this isn’t really a taildragger I guess, but maybe a bellydragger?  I flew the Pawnee towing gliders in the first half of the day, then had the opportunity to fly the ASK21. It is a nice smooth ride in this glider. Very easy to fly. Quite slick and have to watch the landing speed.  We found some thermals for about 15minutes. Rose 800 feet in about 3minutes. I gave my IAC34 friend  Eric a ride and he is now considering bringing his daughter out to learn to fly gliders.  🙂

Lorrie & Eric


From April 30, 2010

This is the photo after I flew with Emerson Stewart for my 5 flights for the generic tow pilot check out and endorsement.  I flew the Citabria with Emerson instructing and Gordon was our glider pilot.

Lorrie flying Citabria as tow-pilot, with Gordon on the left and Emerson Stewart on the right

I took Gordon for 3 pattern tows, 1 emergency rope break and a flight where Gordon pulled me around alot doing “box the wake” and “slack rope”.  In some ways, learning to tow a glider was easier than I imagined. I was extremely thankful that I had experience in a speed boat towing a water skier.  Much the same sensation with reduction in power and adjustment to the guy behind me dragging me around at the end of the rope.  Next step – learn to fly the Pawnee that we use at the glider club. Maybe tomorrow if the thunder storms will stay away long enough!

Lorrie Penner

  • Dave Griffith
    Posted at 09:20h, 02 May Reply

    Hi Lorrie, Red Stewart brings back lots of memories from when I flew for Airborne Express and spent my spare time hanging around Waynesville and flying the Cubs.What a fun place to hang out. Dave

  • Judy Birchler
    Judy Birchler
    Posted at 20:09h, 01 May Reply

    Lorrie, I’m sure taking off in a Pawnee without a tow would be a thrilling ride! We were at Kokomo today and Ed was talking about the Pawnees they tow with at Alexandria. Interesting to hear him talking about how hard the gliders are to see once you release them and they are flying wings level. Hey, I signed up to be one of your assistants at their IAC contest in August – I’ll be seeing you a lot that Fri, Sat & Sun. I’ll bring the donuts!

  • Lorrie
    Posted at 19:50h, 01 May Reply

    Tried for the Pawnee flight today, but only got to sit inside and fiddle with the stick and learn about pre-flighting the plane. Discovered I must use a step ladder to reach the oil. I think I might need a couple of cushions to adjust to correct distance from the rudder pedals too. Get to try again next Sunday – can’t wait!

  • Susan
    Posted at 23:02h, 30 April Reply

    You go girl!!!!

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