It’s time we got back to the ladies and let them tell us what random things they love above their taildraggers! Meet Vanessa Jump Nelson who flies a 1946 Piper J3-C named “Tumbleweed”!
#1 I can go into little grass strips and get grass decoratively & harmlessly stuck in the tailwheel – a sure sign I’ve been having too much fun.
#2 I can fly with the door open! Whee!
(This was on my way to Osh)
#3 Tumbleweed’s name is written on the cowling on both sides, giving my Cub added personality.
(Alexis Peltier took this photo)
#4 My taildragger shows up in the family photo album going back 40-plus years.
#5 The simplicity of the instrument panel – round analog instruments, and very few of them.
#6 Low tech fuel gauges: The nose tank gas gauge is a red lid atop a bobbing cork with a metal rod that sticks up through it, the wing tank is a glass tube with a little red ball bobbing in the fuel.
#7 I fly solo from the back seat, so my husband, or a friend, will fit nicely in the front seat without a lot of adjustment.
Â Friend Alexis from Kenya
#8 My magneto key is attached to a yellow beaded bracelet made by the Masai people, a gift specifically given to Tumbleweed by my fly-buddies Alexis Peltier & Michel Laplace-Toulouse, who recently returned to their homes in Kenya, Africa but plan to be back next year to fly a Supercub from Oregon to Kenya.
Masai bracelet/Keyring from Kenyan fly buddies Alexis Peltier & MIchel LaPlace-Toulouse
#9 It got me from Oregon to Oshkosh and back safely. Ya gotta love that! :0)
My husband and I flying together!