WOW, an opportunity for a qualified lady taildragger pilot!!

Ladies, how’d you like to fly this beautiful piece of history? If you live in the southeast, this could be your chance!

The Carolinas Wing of the CAF contacted me hoping to find pilot(s), ESPECIALLY LADY TAILDRAGGER PILOTS, to fly their WWII Stinson, Reliant.

I don’t have to tell you what a remarkable opportunity this is for one or more of our qualified taildragger pilots. For details and more information please contact Mike directly at

From Mike Jones…

Attached are a few photos of our Stinson AT-19 Reliant, based at Moore County Airport in Pinehurst, NC. We call her “Royal Navy 605” and she’s a genuine war-hero – flew in WWII in the UK and in India. Somehow she made it through the war and, even more amazingly, she made it back to the USA. She’s been part of the Carolinas Wing of the CAF now for more than 20 years, but our cluster of pilots is getting older, and fewer in number.

We need pilots, of either gender, but ladies would be REALLY good. About half of our Wing is female, but we lack a single female pilot. I hope you can help me change that.

Royal Navy 605 has 300 horsepower under the cowling, but is so “draggy” that 125 mph is about all she can do. She flies like a dream but is a bitch to land, especially in crosswinds. She carries four hours of fuel but only three hours of oil – you wonder what the guys at Stinson were thinking, hmmm? And, even though she’s a four-seater, she’s monumental in size, a mini-airliner — notice the ladder hanging from the side of the plane, to help pilots and passengers climb inside.

Royal Navy isn’t glamorous but played her part in the war; it’s a good story to tell. In 2013 we hope to participate in 10-15 air shows in the Southeast. We hope to attract school kids and inspire them with the story of the plane and about science, engineering and flying in general. If you have any members who might want to help, particularly ones who live in the southeast, we’re EAGER to meet them.

Our web site is

Best regards,

Mike Jones

Carolinas Wing – Commemorative Air Force


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