Sheila Mabbitt (Tennessee)

Sheila Mabbitt is based in Nashville, TN at KBNA, Nashville International Airport.

I grew up in S. Carolina and took to the skies at age 20 though as a flight attendant for a major airline. I quickly nurtured a desire to learn to fly, but suppressed that dream for several years until finances and timing came together at a juncture that would certainly prove to change my life. Shortly after obtaining all my ratings, I began my adventures logging time as a pipeline patrol pilot, and soon thereafter had the good fortune of meeting a gentleman who needed a co-pilot for his cargo company. I immediately embarked on a journey that has taken me through aviation history.

I began flying DC-3s for him in 2003 and quickly fell in love, not just with the Gooney Bird, but with all WWII era airplanes, particularly those consisting of the tailwheel/radial engine combo and have had the opportunity to fly T-6s, Wacos, Stearmans, & Beech 18s, to name a few. I was typed in the DC-3 in 2004 and have logged more than 1,000 hrs in type. I have flown them all over the country experiencing the earth’s beauty from the open cockpit window 500′ AGL. My most rewarding trips thus far have been various humanitarian missions. I now fly a King Air 200 out of Nashville, but stay involved in the DC-3 community whenever possible.

Flying DC-3s has opened so many doors for me and allowed me to meet many other great aviators and aviatrixes, some of whom I’ve had the honor of being featured with in Sparky Barnes Sargent’s book entitled, “A Hunger for the Sky” seen here: .

  • Jil launay
    Posted at 02:36h, 21 December Reply

    Hey Sheila…..long time. love catching up with you on here.
    Hope one day you can meet Naomi Wadsworth out of Geneseo NY. We have been using her group’s C47 ( 1941 Historical Aircraft Group ….Whiskey 7 ) for events as well as doing their air show. They recently flew for us for a jump again ay Ft Benning. You two have much in common.
    Hope our paths cross soon. Let us know when you get to Dallas again.
    Jil and Dom

  • Sheila Mabbitt
    Posted at 18:33h, 06 February Reply

    Stranger things have happened!

  • Kelly Jeffries
    Posted at 10:24h, 02 February Reply


    We didn’t have a fly-in in 2010 because the runway was being worked on but will be back June 18, 2011. Will we ever get you here? It’s the same week as Laconia Bike Week so maybe you could ride here and we could fly airplanes and ride motorcycles together!

  • Sheila Mabbitt Rice
    Posted at 12:15h, 08 December Reply

    If only your Dad could see you now! He would be so proud of you. Love, Mum.

  • Shapour
    Posted at 07:00h, 04 November Reply

    Great pictures, I envy you with DC3 no more help for you…..

  • Mike Sturm
    Posted at 18:26h, 25 August Reply

    Keep it up !

    Keep dreaming !

  • Michelle
    Posted at 18:10h, 24 August Reply

    Whow! You are amazing and quite the inspiration to women! I have been an aviation buff for years and just came across this blog. Thanks for sharing!

    Angel in Utah

  • Sheila Mabbitt
    Posted at 23:23h, 14 June Reply

    Thanks Val, Cheers right back at you!! Yes, I had barely gotten my tippy-toes wet when I met you. Funny though, somehow I feel like I still have so far to go yet. Good thing it’s more about the journey than the destination anyway, right?!?! 🙂

  • Val Thal-Slocum
    Posted at 01:05h, 11 March Reply

    Nice job Sheila! You have come a long way since I first met you while interviewing you for an avaition scholarship!

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