Tuesday: Feeling the Love at AirVenture!

Tuesday at AirVenture was a happy, hot-as-hades, sun-shining day! Today was our first LadiesLoveTaildraggers get-together of the week and lady taildragger pilots and guests showed up in record numbers. We met for lunch on the north side of the North Forty, the Hilton Garden Inn, many of us meeting for the first time. There were no strangers though – that’s how it is with pilots everywhere, and lady taildragger pilots are no different. “Where ya from?” “What ya fly?” “Do you know?” and before long, we’re all best friends! This is one awesome group of spectacular women!

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Thanks to everyone for putting up with the heat. I know you were melting but you mustered through it just to spend some quality time together. Marti & Alex Whitmore have some ideas about a better location to meet next year that’s centrally located and cool …. or at least shaded! They’re on a mission to make it happen and I’m 100% behind them. For Friday’s lunch, we’ll still meet at the Terrace Cafe and hope for a change in 2017.

Group photo by Tom Edmundson

Group photo by Tom Edmundson.  Tom sent me the nicest text that gave me a giant smile; “Judy, you HAD to feel the love around you yesterday.” Awe, I surely did.  I’ll be grinning about it for a long time to come. 🙂

Unbelievably, I was presented with a wonderful Scholarship donation by Carri Hoagland at our lunch. Carri has always been good to LadiesLoveTaildraggers and has donated to every single scholarship winner. More about Carri soon!

Unbelievably, I was presented with a wonderful Scholarship donation by Carri Hoagland at our lunch. Carri has always been good to LadiesLoveTaildraggers and has donated to every single scholarship winner. More about Carri soon!

Trish Volker and her a 1942 Howard DGA 15P and yes..DGA does stand for Damn Good Airplane. It’s powered by a P&W 985 and is an offspring of the 1935 Bendix award winner Mr Mulligan, a DGA 6.

Trish Volker and her 1942 Howard DGA 15P – Damn Good Airplane. It is powered by a P&W 985 and is an offspring of the 1935 Bendix award winner Mr Mulligan, a DGA 6.

She's got the only Howard known to have this odd opening ambulance door.

She’s got the only Howard known to have this odd opening ambulance door.

On a little sadder note, I came across this beautiful little Baby Stinson 10A, the same aircraft owned just a couple years ago by Elaine Huf. Elaine died in the crash of her and husband Tom's Bamboo Bomber. I'm guessing she would be pleased her Baby made it to OSH this year.

On a little sadder note, I came across this beautiful little Baby Stinson 10A, the same aircraft owned just a couple years ago by Elaine Huf. Elaine died in the crash of her and husband Tom’s Bamboo Bomber. I’m guessing she would be pleased her Baby made it to OSH this year.

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I'm lovin' it!

I’m lovin’ it!

Woohoo!!

Woohoo!!

PLEASE click below to zip through some wonderful pictures from our LLT Tuesday lunch. Many of the pictures were taken by Bert Garrison, at least the good ones, and he’s kindly shared with us. Bert is director of videography for The Tailwheeler’s Journal, was the US Air Force’s last SR71 Blackbird pilot and is presently a captain for Southwest. You rock Bert! I apologize for the pixs laying sideways. Those were mine! I’ll have to fix ’em when I’m back home.

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