Wittman Tailwind

Flying around in a W8

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...

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 fro...

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 I be...

"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 t...