Wittman Tailwind

Flying around in a W8

The wings are gonna need a fair bit of prep work done to them so they can be painted to match the fuselage (when it gets covered and painted). They have the original fabric from 1965 and peeling that away from the plywood skin from which it's been adhered to for the past 52 years isn't exactly the r...

For those that don't know, the EAA has formed a partnership with Dassault Systems and probably the best benefit of that partnership is the free copy of Solidworks that EAA members can download. This is not a scam. Current active EAA members have access to a single license of the SolidWorks Student E...

I spent yesterday taking the wings apart and removing them from the fuselage, removing the cowl, side panels, control surfaces, and pulling the engine.

Today I removed the skin.

It was a bittersweet process. I kept thinking about all the history it has experienced since 1965. All the eyes that...

Okay, this is just too weird.

Yesterday at work somebody asked me about my airplane and blah, blah, blah I mentioned that I would like to re-cover and paint it because presently it's just kinda ugly. Let's just say I wish it looked as good as it flies.

I get home from work at 2:30am, take a show...

The radio/audio equipment in N11018 works adequately, but it's a pretty clunky setup. COMs are done with an ICOM IC-A22 which is an old (but dang good) handheld radio. This requires an ICOM PA-82 adapter to feed/receive audio to/from my headset. Added into this lash-up is an ICOM PTTSW inline push-t...

I took my biennial trip to Bandon, Oregon. I've been going there with some close friends since 1999. This was the second time I've flown in. Within minutes of shutting down after landing yesterday, a gentleman approached me at the gas pump and immediately starts in about my airplane.

"Nice Tailwin...