It is no wonder Cessna called the revolutionary tricycle landing gear Land-O-Matic when the company introduced it on the Cessna 172 in 1956. Tricycle equipped airplanes are simply easier to land. But that doesn’t mean that tailwheel aircraft are not worth flying. With the increased nose up angle of the fuselage, the propeller is further from the ground, so taildraggers are much better suited for grass, dirt and gravel runways. They often also have good slow flight characteristics, and can land and take off in short distances. That’s why many small airplanes that land on the ground in Alaska (there are plenty of seaplanes up there) have tailwheels. These types of airplanes are also worth flying because they are so unforgiving that flying them will force you to become a better pilot.