May 2011 The people at OK18
I Love Summer Weekends! Even though it’s not officially here yet, best to grab what there is of it when you can get it. Last weekend in Oklahoma I met a host of interesting people who were all the more interesting because they all arrived in taildraggers.
Donna flew in from Alabama in her J5 and like us, had to circumnavigate the weather to get there. I loved her southern accent which, believe it or not, you don’t get too much of in Indiana! After the fly-in ended everyone started taking off heading every which way. So on the flight home we’re monitoring 122.75 (or one of the plane-to-plane frequencies) and I hear this sweet, southern voice chattering away with all the guys. We were well over 100 miles away from them and that southern accent came in loud and clear – too funny, it was Donna! Oh, and this was the 2nd weekend in a row I did a poker run and they just keep getting better. 1st weekend pair of 7s. Last weekend pair of Jacks. If I keep this up all summer maybe I’ll get a Full House yet! This one benefited the Wounded Warriors project so everyone was a winner.
I also met the host of Supercub.org, Steve Johnson and his wife Laura who I hope to soon entice to join our fun group. If you’re looking to add an interesting forum to your “Favorites”, Supercub.org is a busy link where there’s never a dull moment and they seem to like all taildraggers.
Diana ALWAYS cracks me up, always has a good time, always goes to the best flyins and can always be counted on to make you smile. You’ve seen her vidoes on Ladies Love Taildraggers so check back ’cause more are on the way. (Please tell me I really didn’t wiggle my rear in her OK18 video!!)
There was one special lady I was anxious to meet at Mike’s fly-in and not just because she’s a member of our group. I had to meet any gal that hops in her Super Cub, flies 2 days from Utah to eastern Oklahoma every year, solo, just because she loves this fly-in! Wendy was cool and so was her Super Cub with the big tundra tires.
OMG, the steaks that Chuck and Shannon are holding onto very tightly in this picture were delicious! Chuck and Shannon were at the Lady Taildragger flyin in Dayton last year and love our group! Shannon is the artist who donated two painting to benefit the Wounded Warrior project including one surprise painting given toÂ Ed Doyle, winner of the 2011 Valdez Fly-In STOL competition in Alaska. He won flying Mike Olsonâ€™s experimental Super CubÂ Cuzoom which Shannon recreated in acrylic.
There were so many cool people and so few that I actually got pictures of and I’m sorry for that now. The one picture I’m happy I did get is of my Rans S-7 tucked in for the night in the most scenic spot imaginable. Lucky taildragger!