Wittman Tailwind

Flying around in a W8

The sidewalls on N11018 definitely have some history. For starters, not one single screw hole is round any more. They are all stretched and oblong and what's strange is that they are elongated in different directions. Some stretch vertically; other horizontally. Some stretched to the edge of the mat...

Tim the cover guy spent last week covering the fuselage. He said this was different than all the Cubs he's done. N11018 got rolled in to the paint booth today and some time next week will be pinked, silvered, whited, then painted.

There are several varieties of Tailwind wings. My W8 has the flat-bottomed, short type. "Flat-bottomed" in the sense that the bottom surface is literally flat - not rounded. And "short" in the sense that they don't have the extended triangular tips which are about 18" longer and proven to add lift a...

After uncovering and inspecting the wings, they were found to be in great shape. There's a little bit of water staining at the roots. If you look closely at some of the pictures you may see it. A retired master-craftsman-cabinet-maker-woodsman took a look at them and indicated it was nothing to be c...

There is clear evidence of some experimenting done on this experimental aircraft over the years, specifically in the horizontal stabilizer area. The plates that secure/locate the leading edges of the horizontal stabilizers had many holes in them: four on the pilot side; six on the passenger side.

There's a popular deviation from the standard Wittman Tailwind plans that involves building it with the rear spar carry-thru moved aft about three inches. This is great for people that are tall or people that don't like smashing their head on that crossbeam when the flight gets bumpy. Trust me, IT H...