Marijke Unger (Colorado)

Marijke Unger flies her 1976 Citabria, 7KCAB out of (KLMO), Longmont, Colorado.

Here’s a picture update from Marijke Unger including some photos taken by her friend and fabulous photographer Ryan Lunde. Slow click twice to see beautiful, full size images!!

Marijke flying her Citabria 7KCAB; by Ryan Lunde

Marijke Unger & Cheryl Kimmet

Cozy hangar!

Thanks for the pictures Ryan! I got a kick out of the note he sent when he emailed me Marijke’s pictures…..

“Girls who fly taildraggers are the coolest.  I have a soft spot for them ever since I got my license in a Citabria from an instructor of the female persuasion. “

Best regards,
Ryan Lunde


Posted March 30, 2010

I started my flight training in taildraggers, and acquired my own Citabria as a student pilot. It’s a 1976 7KCAB I’ve named “Loki”.  I fly aerobatics and enjoy trips into backcountry strips. Last year, I flew Loki in the Air Race Classic, an all-women’s cross country race, and it was the only taildragger in the lineup!  I also have time in Scouts, Extras, and Giles aircraft, and hold instrument and commercial ratings.  540 of my 650 hours are tailwheel.

I got my private pilot’s license in July of 2005, and the very next weekend, flew to Oshkosh. The weekend after that, to Glacier National Park. With friends and mentors showing me the ropes, I landed the backcountry strips of Idaho, on a dry lake bed in Utah, and at the highest elevation civil use airport in America.

I’m hoping to work on instructor and multiengine ratings in the near future. My ultimate goal is to fly Twin Otters on skis in Antarctica, supporting science field missions.

You can find info and photos of the Air Race at

  • marijke unger
    Posted at 15:00h, 12 July Reply

    Hi Priscilla!

    I do know some excellent tailwheel instructors based out of Longmont (KLMO). Cleon Biter and Dick Bevington are both Master CFIs at Air West Flight Center. If you’re thick-skinned and can handle a brilliant pilot who is demanding (and not always communicative), Dick’s your guy. If you want an excellent pilot with superior communication skills and a gentle manner, fly with Cleon. Either way, you’ll learn from the best.

    If you come here, be sure to look me up!


  • Priscilla Repton
    Posted at 13:27h, 12 July Reply

    Hi, I am just learning to fly tailwheel and was looking for an instructor in Colorado. Do you know one in the Front Range/Denver area. I live in Breckenridge.
    I love that you were the only Tailwheel plane in the all women’s race.
    I went to ORegon to take my first 10 hours with Brian Landsburgh.He writes the Tailwheelers journal. Not sure if you are familiar with that. He is very passionate about teaching tail wheel and I want someone near my home that is similar.
    Thanks for any help you may have.

  • marijke unger
    Posted at 21:55h, 16 January Reply

    Thanks ladies! I do have fun with Loki, my Citabria. I’m still toying with the idea of getting my CFI, but next up, just for fun, will be a seaplane rating. I’ve done my instrument, commercial and multi so far. Always looking for excuses to get up in the sky!

    Wishing you all happy flying,


  • Posted at 08:36h, 04 January Reply

    Looks like you have lots of fun with the C bird. Check mine out. Barbara

  • Jeanne MacPherson
    Posted at 23:16h, 03 January Reply

    Beautiful airplane, Marijke~

  • Lisa Martin
    Posted at 21:08h, 20 March Reply

    So how are youre plans going? I’m excited to see so many women pilots only a state away.

  • james bellew
    Posted at 11:52h, 01 February Reply

    hi,just checked out the website and saw you in wife works at the airport cafe in pueblo,co(spitfire grill)we own and fly a 1948 stinson,but due to med complications she cant get a license and cant join your group.but if you ever get down to pueblo stop in and ask for cat(i know cat bellew sounds like joke but really her name)love the idea of your group,keep it growing.

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