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.
Kids attending EAA AirVenture can join crop duster/air racer/firefighter Dusty Crophopper from Disney's "Planes: Fire and Rescue" for activities on the AOPA campus.
AOPA has a new, expanded location at EAA AirVenture this year, across from the historic brown arch that serves as the gateway to the airshow and fly-by action at Wittman Regional Airport.
Women attending EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, can participate in a slate of events focused on excitement and career possibilities within the aviation community.
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