Jan 2010 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 adventuresÂ logging timeÂ as a pipeline patrol pilot, and soon thereafterÂ had the good fortune of meeting a gentleman who needed a co-pilot for his cargo company. I immediatelyÂ embarked on aÂ journey that has taken me through aviation history.
I began flying DC-3s for himÂ in 2003 and quickly fell in love, not just with the Gooney Bird, but with all WWII era airplanes, particularly thoseÂ consisting ofÂ the tailwheel/radial engine combo andÂ have hadÂ 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 haveÂ flown them all over the country experiencing the earth’s beauty from the open cockpit window 500′ AGL. My most rewarding trips thus farÂ have beenÂ variousÂ 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 manyÂ doors for me andÂ allowed me to meet many other great aviators and aviatrixes, some of whom I’veÂ had the honor of being featured withÂ in Sparky BarnesÂ Sargent’s book entitled, “A Hunger for the Sky” seen here: http://home.windstream.net/av8terz/book.html .
Jil launayPosted at 02:36h, 21 December
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 MabbittPosted at 18:33h, 06 February
Stranger things have happened!
Kelly JeffriesPosted at 10:24h, 02 February
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 RicePosted at 12:15h, 08 December
If only your Dad could see you now! He would be so proud of you. Love, Mum.
ShapourPosted at 07:00h, 04 November
Great pictures, I envy you with DC3 no more help for you…..
Mike SturmPosted at 18:26h, 25 August
Keep it up !
Keep dreaming !
MichellePosted at 18:10h, 24 August
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 MabbittPosted at 23:23h, 14 June
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-SlocumPosted at 01:05h, 11 March
Nice job Sheila! You have come a long way since I first met you while interviewing you for an avaition scholarship!