The organization Ladies Love Taildraggers, a loosely bound group of women pilots drawn together by the shared love of flying conventional gear aircraft also know as "taildraggers", made a stop in Big Spring yesterday afternoon.
On Sunday, September 30th, the group began their first “Haunted Flying Tour” which will cross 6 states in 7 days. It began in Indiana and crosses through Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. During their adventure they’ll learn the haunted history of Texas, visit historic airports and aviation museums, and overfly one of the remaining early U.S. Airmail route markers.
While in Texas, the pilots will stop in Stephenville, Big Spring, Sweetwater, and Cisco, and Eastland. When asked what brought the “Haunted Flying Tour” to Big Spring, Judy Birchler, founder and President of Ladies Love Taildraggers, stated that it was the Hotel Settles.
"We're here because of the [Hotel Settles]. We did a bunch of research online and we're looking for some really fun haunted places that we could visit while we're in Texas," said Birchler.
The group began in 2009 with only Birchler, of Indiana, but over the years it has steadily grown to over 2,000 members based around the world. The majority of the members are based in the U.S. but many are from abroad as well.