First Solo Flight Forever: Student Pilot Tattoo

Student Pilot Airplane Flight Training First Solo Private Pilot AOPA Flying Plane Airport Aviation Aircraft Tattoo Tatoo Tat Ink Tattoos In Flight Michelle HallSome people snip their shirt-tail off and pin it to the wall for their first solo, others (like at my flight school) were traditionally thrown by their fellow pilots into the nearby Duck Pond after doing their three stop-and-goes aloft by themselves… but some, like the subject of our tattoo feature today, choose to commemorate the first solo flight in a much more permanent and personal way.

Tattoo artist, pilot, and flying enthusiast Jack Lowe, owner of Skin Kitchen Tattoo in Des Moines, IA, had this tattoo done on January 26, 2009 – the day he made his first solo flight.  Michelle Lowe, a fellow artist at the studio, gladly stayed late to tattoo Jack after he demanded that the tattoo be completed on the same day!

Along with the first solo date, the tattoo includes a pair of pilot wings, an altimeter, and the FAA Registration or “N-Number” of the plane he flew… N2974N, a Piper Archer II operated by Des Moines Flying Club.

Following his first solo in January, Jack passed his Private Pilot checkride on May 7th, 2009 and is now a fully FAA-licensed pilot… congratulations Jack!

I remember the day I first soloed… and always look back on that logbook entry with a big smile on my face. AOPA Pilot Associate Editor Jill Tallman recounts a group of first solo experiences in Flight Training Magazine in May 2008… a good read!

Again, the tattoo was created by tattoo artist Michelle Hall of Skin Kitchen Tattoo in Des Moines, IA.

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Student Pilot Airplane Flight Training First Solo Private Pilot AOPA Flying Plane Airport Aviation Aircraft Tattoo Tatoo Tat Ink Tattoos In Flight Michelle Hall

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Comments

  1. cj says:

    wish i knew the time of my first solo i would most def. get this its sweeeeet..the dates in my logbook thats all i guess i will never know!

  2. cj says:

    just checked the date though three days after you..1-29-09

  3. gio says:

    yo!… you gotta be consistent when you write an article. you said ” Michelle LOWE, a fellow artist at the studio, gladly stayed late to tattoo Jack ”
    and then you said “Again, the tattoo was created by tattoo artist Michelle HALL” .. did he marry the chick? that would be a nice ending to an awesome day.. first solo.. new tattoo.. and a wife HAHAHAH

  4. I LOVE YOUR TATOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    REGARDS,

    CC N4578T

  5. I LOVE YOUR TATOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    MY FIRST SOLO 10/06/1982, A DAY THAT I WILL CHERISH THE REST OF MY LIFE!!!!!!!!

    CC N4578T

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