Wittman Tailwind

Flights

The weather was good today so I spent a half hour working on my wheel landings. Nothing too exciting, but I am getting the feel for it and I like how the videos turned out. I had the airspace all to myself so the tower let me do abbreviated patterns which means one landing about every three minutes...

I've been an aircraft owner for three weeks now, but haven't been home long enough to take the Tailwind for an enjoyable flight since returning from my KY-to-WA cross country. After missing out on some beautiful weather yesterday and the day before, I decided that today I'm getting up early and maki...

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 the lounge and slept on the other...

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 as planned,...

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 do...

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...