Several years ago the better half of mjculverphotography- my wife, Joey, was given a response to:
“I want to fly a Pitts Special Aerobatic Airplane.”
Typical responses were, “You’re too little,You’re not big enough. You’re not strong enough, etc, etc.
Well did that open a can of worms. One thing led to another. A plane was purchased,with a great deal of Joey’s help and sweat equity. A Pitts Special was born.
A Pitts is a 200 hp powered Bi-plane ” tiger” that doesn’t like its tail grabbed. One of the hardest small planes to learn to fly. Being a tail dragger and Zero visibility forward when taxiing.
So when I found this negative I had to make this post
We’ll let this photo speak for itself.
The first landing led to many more. Then this.
Joey and her BABY
Joey also became proficient enough to tow gliders, tour rides, photographic tours.
But her greatest accomplishment was to become an aerobatic pilot. The Pitts is exceptionable as an aerobatic plane. You will find at many of the air shows many aerobatic pilots using the Pitts.
She never competed professionally. She did however, go to the air shows to assist other aerobatic pilots with their routines.
Joey learned how to strip a plane of the fabric skin and replace it to which she went to many places to re-skin planes for other pilots.
She became licensed in may other planes. The Citabria, the Extra 200 and 300. The Decathlon, the Piper Warrior, Piper Arrow, AT6, and T38 just to mention a few.
This is a lesson to those that are told it might be too hard to do something. But my Joey has heart and soul as big as the sun.
This is my baby, my boo boo….. Joey
Can you tell I’m so very proud of her.