Wittman Tailwind

Stuff

I've been trying to track down N11018's builder, Harold Passow, for a few months now. I mailed a letter to his last known airport -- KARV Lakeland Airport/Noble F. Lee Memorial Field -- in September hoping it would reach him. The letter was never returned to me, and I never got a response from Har...

Pretty much everyone knows not to expect a Christmas card from me. I'm not anti-Christmas or anti-holiday. I've just never felt the desire to send out cards except for a few times in my life. Some of my friends have wives. Some have kids. Some even have both so I can understand why they want to send...

The "new" T-hangar is pretty messy inside because all of the plastic sheeting that was hung on the beams to separate it from the neighboring T-hangars has biodegraded or degraded (or something). This stuff is awful. It looks like a white poly-plastic tarp, but when you touch it, it crumbles. I've ne...

Some sad news came across the Wittman Tailwind user group wire this morning. A fellow pilot was killed yesterday afternoon during the second flight of his W10 that he had spent several years building. The GA community always mourns at the loss of a pilot, but this one is especially sad for the Tail...

Good news for me... and for N11018. No more open field tie-downs at YKM. Someone relocated some of their planes into new hangars which means some old hangars became vacant and one of those hangars was offered to me so 018 will no longer sit outside in the sweltering heat and blistering cold. She's n...

It's been raining all day. Pouring, in fact. I didn't fly so I spent a bit of time online looking for stuff to improve the Tailwind's nonexistent electrical system. One of the previous owners of this Tailwind removed the electrical system in an effort to reduce weight. Eventually, I want to install...