Wow, I was tired. I slept in til 8am. Granted, I had only slept about 8 hours total in the previous two days and I gained (or lost) an hour because this was Mountain Time, but I still wanted to be in the air by 9am. During the night, another pilot made his way into [...]

Columbus, Nebraska Sunrise

Here’s what I learned last night: the inside of a Wittman Tailwind is not a good place to sleep. I’m five-foot-tenish, but even if I was four-foot-zeroish I still don’t think it would have been a good place to sleep. I’d like to say I woke up bright and early at 6:30 AM (sunrise) just [...]

Columbus Municipal Airport OLU

The stop at Mexico Memorial was about an hour. Long enough to fuel up, drain, take a picture, check email (the pilot’s lounge at this airport is really nice with comfortable furniture and wi-fi), and drain again. Total time on the ground was less than an hour and before I knew it, I was looking [...]

Wittman Tailwind Pilot Side

Thank you, Steve Wittman, Harold Passow, and Troy Petteway. N11018 has a new owner and soon a new home on the other side of the country. For those of you not aware, Steve Wittman was the designer of the Wittman W-8 Tailwind which first flew in 1953. Harold Passow of Milwaukee, Wisconsin bought a set [...]

I stayed up for most of the night last night making sure I had everything necessary for flying a Wittman Tailwind across the United States. GPS Handheld radio Headset WACs Cell phone iPod Flashlight Lots of spare batteries and/or chargers for most of the above On the flight from Yakima to Seattle, I sat next [...]

For those of you just tuning in, it has been confirmed that I will be flying commercially from Yakima, WA to Nashville, TN tomorrow (Thursday) morning. I’d like to take this moment to brag about the cheap price I got the plane ticket for: $429 including taxes and other fees. I may be wrong, but [...]

“1965 WITTMAN W-8 TAILWIND • $XXXXXX • FLY RIGHT NOW!! • Built by Howard Passow. Continental O-200. 150mph cruise. Call for pictures and details.” That was the headline of the ad that caught my attention on Barnstormers on Sunday. I called my CFI and asked him to look at the ad and see what he [...]