Oct 2012 Rate These Taildraggers
Rate these taildraggers!!
9 Lady Taildraggers Pilots – 9 Types of Taildraggers
Which taildragger would you LOVE to own & fly?
Using the STAR rating system, rate each photo with the highest STAR rating going to the one that suits the kind of flying you’d love to do.
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Captain L. D.Posted at 16:22h, 29 October
Kelly and “Fifi” would be my number one choice!
Laura LerdallPosted at 10:12h, 29 October
Kelly Jeffries! Kelly Jeffries! Kelly Jeffries!
Michael GorslinePosted at 09:26h, 29 October
I really love to fly and If I only had to choose one then it would by far be to fly Kelly Jeffries. There is just something about her which makes me want to fly with her. Gorz.
Kevin RussellPosted at 04:16h, 29 October
I Like Kelly Jeffries
DanPosted at 08:09h, 27 October
Fly: All of them.
Own: All of them.
Afford: Aeronca and J-3
GailPosted at 11:39h, 26 October
Great new option! I think it worked but it would be great if we could leave comments. (If we can do that for each plane I wasn’t smart enough to figure it out!) Having flown quite a few of these and owning one (YAY!) I’d love to have everyone’s opinon on what it was like to fly.
Here are my comments on the ones I’ve flown (note that these comments, with one exception, are from flying other planes of the same type, not the actual ones pictured):
C140: Sweet flying little Cessna, very forgiving and if you like to fly with a yoke it’s a great little plane.
Super Cub: Great all-around taildragger as long as you are not in a rush to get somewhere and are somewhat flexible for getting in and out. A well-rigged cub flies like butter but be sure to fly before you buy, I’ve flown some that were heavy and generally a bit of a PIA to fly. Big tires and skis are very fun accessories!
Pitts S2B: A whole lot of fun in a tiny package. Single-seaters can be had for amazingly low prices so if you are into aerobatics it’s a great starter plane. However, this plane is not for you if you want forward visibility while landing. There’s a reason for the plexiglass panel in the bottom of the cockpit. Check with your insurance company as well before you buy.
450 Stearman: Be the star of the fly in wherever you go! If you can afford one of these (and possibly a good gym membership to maintain your strength for horsing it around) you want one! You’ll never lack help for ground maneuvering as you’ll always draw a crowd but it takes two hands on the stick for me to get it around in a roll. But you’ll be having a great time doing it!
Bücker Jungmann: A significant number of the flight test pilots for this plane were women (in the 1930’s no less–go girls!). The cockpit size is perfect for a woman, rudder pedals adjust for even the most petite ladies, it’s light and easily maneuvered at all speeds in the air, and easy to move on the ground. The ‘Stradivarius’ of biplanes, even the worst-rigged Bücker flies a well-rigged Cub. If you can find one, like to go upside down from time-to-time and don’t mind answering a lot of questions every time you go somewhere, you’ll love this plane.
J3 Cub: If it were a perfect world every pilot would have a J3 (or Champ) in their hangar just for flying with the door open at the end of the day when the light turns warm and sweet. Or to go for a morning tour of the neighborhood. If well rigged, these fly so sweetly they’ll spoil you for most other aircraft. Michael Maya Charles calls his J3 ‘Sensei’ because it always teaches him something every time he flies it.