What taildragger do the ladies fly?

The numbers are in!

It’s been nearly TWO years since we’ve done an official count of  taildraggers the ladies fly and own. It’s an elusive number to nail down since we’re always buying and selling, renting and borrowing. Things are always a changing and I may not always know the latest so take this with a grain of salt. That said, here they are. The taildraggers & the ladies representing their favorites, starting with number 10….

#10  Cessna 170

2.6% of the ladies fly Cessna 170s: Laura Mayer & her C170

#9  Pitts

2.8% of the women fly a Pitts: Natalie McHaffie & her Pitts Special

#8 Decathalon

3% of the gals fly Decathlons: Susan Upchurch & her Super Decathlon

#7  Cessna 180

3.9% of the ladies fly Cessna 180s: Celia Vanderpool & her Cessna 180, “He always gets a kiss after arrival”.

#6  Stearman

4% of the gals fly Stearmans: Olson Fenwick & her 450 Stearman

#5 Aeronca Champ

6% of the ladies fly Champs: Kalin Kellie & her ’46 Champ

#4  Cessna 120/140

7% of the women fly Cessna 120s/140s: Jennifer Treese borrowing her friends Cessna 140

#3  Citabria

8% of the gals fly Citabrias: Diane Sokolowski & her Citabria

#2  Piper J3 Cub

9% of the ladies fly J3 Cubs: Pat Ohlsson with her Cub

And the #ONE Taildragger the ladies love to fly is

The #1 taildragger is the PA-18 Supercub!!

10% of the women fly Supercubs: Joy Smith & her Supercub!! 🙂

So these are our Top 10 – today – but things could always change tomorrow. There are 74 taildraggers represented on LadiesLoveTaildraggers. Look around the website and you’ll also find Funks, Fleets, Falconar F11-3s, &  Fairchilds not to mention the rest of the aviation alphabet!

  • Brendan @ CRAZEDpilot - Tailwheel Training DVDs
    Posted at 05:36h, 23 December Reply

    Great photo lineup! I sure hope the bugs were cleaned off in that one photo where she’s kissing the spinner 🙂 I wish there was more Light Sport aircraft in use by ladies – they are so economical!

  • Anne Wright
    Posted at 11:23h, 18 December Reply

    I agree with Supercubs being #1, but I think you opened a big can of worms here. Whatever we fly, it’s awesome!

  • judy
    Posted at 10:58h, 18 December Reply

    Looks like I need to post the next 10 that didn’t make the cut!

  • Bill Tracy
    Posted at 10:51h, 18 December Reply

    I expected the RV’s to have a better showing

  • Neroli
    Posted at 00:28h, 18 December Reply

    Hi Natalie

    I think the answer is clear. You should get a Super Cub!!

  • Ray Johnson
    Posted at 23:47h, 17 December Reply


  • Barbara Kirmsse
    Posted at 21:44h, 17 December Reply

    Hi Ladies! I fly a Luscombe….we should have a count on them as well! What do you think?

  • Carri Hoagland
    Posted at 21:43h, 17 December Reply

    I don’t care. My Tcraft had a tear in her cowl but I wiped it away and told her she will be OK. I think she feels better now.

  • Mike O.
    Posted at 21:41h, 17 December Reply

    It’s a shame you didn’t do the top twelve. The potential was there for a 2013 Ladies Love Taildraggers calendar. Great shots of great planes and their outstanding owners.

  • Lisa Martin
    Posted at 21:40h, 17 December Reply

    Good news for the Super Girls’ Cub club 😉

  • Natalie McHaffie
    Posted at 21:15h, 17 December Reply

    And here’s a good example of “you can’t keep up to date”. I sold my Pitts last weekend!
    So now, what should I get?

  • Robert McDonald
    Posted at 21:11h, 17 December Reply

    Since the Decathlon is a souped up Citabria, and the Citabria is a souped up Champ, all three should be grouped together 🙂

  • Judy Birchler
    Judy Birchler
    Posted at 21:04h, 17 December Reply

    Sorry Stephanie I know what you’re saying but the wing on a Decathlon/Citabria is the difference between a J3 & a Taylorcraft wing, totally different airfoil …and it has an inverted fuel system. Cessna 120/140 is only the flaps. You’re right though, grouping them would have put them #1!

  • Stephanie
    Posted at 20:46h, 17 December Reply

    I call “Foul”. A Decathalon is a Citabria.

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