Wittman Tailwind

Flying around in a W8

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...

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.