Wittman Tailwind

Flying around in a W8

This is where we're at with the paint so far.

One of my most favorite things about flying is sightseeing. Looking down upon the earth. I love it. One of my least favorite things about my Tailwind is the lack of sideways visibility. I understand that some aircraft can't have windows that exceed a certain size, but I never understood why more Tai...

The old belly panel was functional, but I didn't want to reuse it. It was worn out and dented and since I'm replacing just about every other external part on my airplane I may as well do this too.

I measured the hole locations on the original panel and used that info to design a new panel in Soli...

There's no turning back now. N11018 is officially Cub Yellow. Back when this whole project started, my initial plan was to have a bright matte white Tailwind when it was done. Just something simple that would be easy to add livery or decals to later on if I wanted. There was plenty of white and Cub...

The polybrush was applied last week followed by the silver ultraviolet protective coating. I wasn't around to get pictures of either of those. Today she got painted white in preparation for the final color of Cub Yellow.

One of the goals I have during this upgrade process is to make my Tailwind faster. I've read that fairing the gear legs has been shown to be worth an extra 10 knots and wheel pants can add 5 knots. I bought some ultralight wheel pants from a seller on ebay. There's no indication that N11018 has ever...