Wittman Tailwind

Flying around in a W8

This part has been a long time coming. I started this rebuild project on January 21, over ten months ago. Ten looong months and I don't know how many hours. To see what my Tailwind looks like now compared to how it looked the previous six years I've owned it is something I'm very proud of. I remembe...

A new propeller has been on my list of upgrades for a long time and after a lot of research and a fair bit of input from the Tailwind Group, I decided to go with a Whirlwind ground adjustable. They have a model which is made specifically for the Continental O-200. Some of the others I considered wer...

N11018 was never outfitted with strobe lights, only navigation lights. The FAA does publish strobe light specifications in 14 CFR § 25.1401 - Anticollision Light Systems which means all those "great deals" for aviation strobe lights on eBay and Amazon may not be legal for night flying in regards t...

When I bought N11018 in August 2011, it also included a box of miscellaneous stuff and in that box were some fiberglass fairings that "clean up" the area where the lift strut attaches to the wing. They weren't painted, but the silicone/caulking material that was left on the underside of the wing tel...

It's self-explanatory, but here are some pix that may assist you in your Tailwind build.

I spent the past month installing the wings and rigging the flaps and ailerons, installing some RV gear leg stiffeners, and installing ultralight wheel pants.

The RV gear leg stiffeners came from Flyboy Accessories. The wheel pants came from an ultralight supplier on eBay.