May 9, 2013
By Jill W. Tallman
Aerobatic pilots Air Force Lt. Col. Jill “Raggz” Long and Patty Wagstaff have teamed up to create a compilation of humorous stories told by women in aviation.
The goal of the Ladies First Project is to provide a platform for women to share their stories. “Whether flying airliners, turning wrenches, directing traffic, managing FBOs, or pumping avgas, women have a unique story to tell,” according to the website. Select submissions will be compiled in book form, and the collaborators hope to use proceeds from the book to fund scholarships. They also hope that the “funny, heartwarming, ironic” tales will provide a connection between current and aspiring women pilots.
Posts can be submitted directly to the website.
Long is a pilot in the U.S. Air Force and has flown her Pitts S2B at EAA AirVenture. Wagstaff is a three-time U.S. National Aerobatic champion. She was profiled in the March 2013 Flight Training magazine.
AOPA Technical Editor Jill W. Tallman is an instrument-rated private pilot who owns a Piper Cherokee 140.
J. Reid Garrison, an airshow performer and formation pilot who has been part of the story line at the major aviation events, including Sun 'n Fun and EAA AirVenture, across the years, was recently inducted into the South Carolina Aviation Hall of Fame.
AOPA connected with hundreds of pilots, aircraft owners, and aviation enthusiasts during the thirty-second Northwest Aviation Conference held in Puyallup, Washington, Feb. 21 and 22.
An online video service launched to give enthusiasts an aerobatic ride-along from multiple camera perspectives is expanding into a more interactive experience.
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