Wittman Tailwind

Flying around in a W8

There's a fun-flying aircraft that's occasionally seen in the wild blue, and once spotted, it's immediately recognized for its missing cockpit. It's called a Breezy. The only thing that separates N11018 from "Breezy" status is the fact that it has a cockpit. Because of this, it can never be referred...

The baggage compartment shelf on N11018 was a fragile piece of 1/4" plywood at the onset of osteoperosis. Through normal flying and landings and incidental vibrations, it would often slide forward about 1/4" so the back side would no longer be sitting on the main support channel which would cause th...

I've been quite busy with life's activities for the past few months. Unfortunately that hasn't involved any flying nor working on the Tailwind, so my apologies to those who have found my little corner of the web and hoped for some more frequent updates, but have not received them. That said, a messa...

The weather's been as low as single digits and topping out in the 20's during the day. It's just too cold to work on the Tailwind in an unheated hangar so I haven't got anything done since I last signed in. I did want to take this moment to say happy birthday (or happy anniversary) to aviation. It w...

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...