Roni MacPherson (California)

Roni MacPherson is based at (KSEE) Gillespie Field Airport, San Diego/El Cajon, California and flies a Piper PA-16 Clipper.

Roni with her 1949 Piper Clipper

I have a 1927 Travel Air 4000, 1929 Travel Air 4000, 1947 Luscombe 8A/F, 1949 Piper PA-16 Clipper, 1954 Cessna 180.

The Clipper is totally mine and I share the others with my husband who I met in 1979 when he gave my boyfriend and I a ride in the 1927 Travel Air at an airshow!  We still spend the summers barnstorming and our 20 year old daughter spent my pregnancy in the biplane and then we tried loops to induce labor which was not successful but after medically inducing we were back at the airport within 24 hours of her birth.  She is now a student pilot in a Citabria.

The photos of the Tiger Moth are from New Zealand where we also have land on the aerodrome where I’m flying the Moth. Life has been extremely good to me and I count my blessings everyday.

Once a month we use the C-180 to fly to Baja for a medical/dental clinic.

Tomorrow I am flying the 180 to the San Juan Islands for a week at our farm where the photo of the 180 is taken.

My husband is a dentist and I act as pilot/assistant and translator.  The whole side of our 180 opens as it was designed to haul caskets.  You open the door with a casket crank! Life is good!

Posted July 17, 2010
  • J. Dennis Hicklin
    Posted at 20:08h, 23 August Reply

    I will be down at toledo this coming weekend, hope to see you and stewart there.

    J. Dennis Hicklin

  • J. Dennis Hicklin
    Posted at 20:06h, 23 August Reply

    Hey roni, are you and stew going to be at toledo this coming weekend, I will be down there for the threshing bee and will selling a few shirts over at the hangar where the skydivers are. Kelley and I are looking forward to flying with you and stewart again this year. Keep in touch, Sincerely,
    Dennis and Kelley. 8/23/2011

  • Jeanne MacPherson
    Posted at 01:37h, 07 February Reply

    Hi Roni~

    Are we related?

    Jeanne MacPherson of Montana

  • Claudia Byes-Lund
    Posted at 18:05h, 27 August Reply

    woohoo! great to see you are still flying. i think of you often. hope Skye and Stu are wll.

  • Vanessa Nelson
    Posted at 12:17h, 27 August Reply

    Hi Roni – I had no idea you were such an experienced Tailwheel pilot! My husband and I (NWAAC newsletter editors) got to ride in your Travel Air about 5 years ago and loved it. At the shows we’ve been at, it’s the Travel Air that gets the most attention, and I must say that I didn’t know you were a pilot, too, nor that you had a Moth (I love Moths!). I also I didn’t realize that was your Cessna 180 at NWAAC/Pearson last week near my yellow J-3 Cub “Tumbleweed” in the static displays, and I was looking pretty closely at it. I thought it looked like a great camping plane, but didn’t realize it was a “casket” plane. I know you came and said hi, but I wish we’d had more time to chat. I’ll make it a point to find you on the field next year, if not at something else sooner! 🙂 Also, congrats on getting the award for flying the farthest to get there!

  • Susan
    Posted at 14:49h, 17 July Reply

    Hi Roni!

    I love your story AND your planes!! How cool! You have a beautiful place to fly out there at Gillespie! We were out there several years back when the Allen’s hosted the Western Waco Fly-in! I believe (if my memory isn’t needed a complete tear-down yet) I remember seeing your Travel Air then! Gorgeous!

    I hope you can make the fly-in!!!


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