Thanks T.F.Anthony, I can do that. Have to dig out the plans which is where the letter is.
If my further research I found Jim C. doesn't think very highly of the idea, he says the smaller engine planes are too anemic on takeoff & climb. He also said an 0-290 GPU tailwind he subsequently finished could hang right with the two 145 hp continental powered tailwinds he built because of lighter wt. That was the turning point for him and he never gave any further consideration to installing a continental in a tailwind. The 0-320 turns a Tailwind into a rocket ship.
Thanks for posting! It’s amazing how the Tailwind (wasn’t the W8 originally called “Flying Carpet” or something like that) was just right from the beginning – oh, there have been a few changes, the W10 is larger (usually with somewhat more horsepower), the airfoils morphed a bit, and most modern TWs have pants and fairings (as well as many times the plexi-polycarbonate); but the basic shape from spinner to rudder hasn’t changed enough to bother with, and certainly is easily recognizable whether built in the 50s or last year. Steve sure knew a thing or two about planes… always liked these birds.The very first Wittman Tailwind & behind it is Betty Skelton's Little Stinker...
Many of you know that I own and fly a Tailwind W8 with an 0-200 for power. A great airplane.Thanks T.F.
Like you I follow the TW group on Yahoo, and yes What Jim S. and Jim C. have to say is wisdom worth listening too. As dcstrng noted in the various PDF's he linked too denote movement towards a lighter even LSA direction. Pro or Con that direction, it is interesting how well the Tailwind does and how well the variants do aka Little Scapper noting the Daphne, and then their is the Clement Buttercup, and the influence on Four Runner etc etc . The DNA of Buttercup & Tailwind are some of the broad shoulders we stand on IMHO in terms of homebuilt design, we are so blessed.