Steve Wittman

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  1. Apr 15, 2018 #201

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    I kinda like the whisker's.:gig: and look ma I seen the plane wink at me.:) I bet those gear legs weigh a bunch to hold up to the stress.
     
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    Cat fish whiskers ? For pitch and yaw trim ? Adjustable air inlet ? Different, yes.
     
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    I wonder how much slower than a per-plans Tailwind it is.


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    Definitely different for sure. I was liking the actual shape of the lower cowling on that plane. It has good lines but I guess it needs good airflow to help with the drag from the cat fish whiskers.
     
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    It made the cover of Sport Aviation back in the day. It's not fast like a Clement plane, but to its credit, it was built then wild hair ideas were tested by building instead of 400 pages of thread dreams.
     
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    All of it's interesting if you look close at it
     
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    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.

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  8. Jun 9, 2018 #208

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    Steve holding up his pilots liscense signed by Orville Wright.

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    Here a cool hump day treat.
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    This is a private photo from Mike McKenzie.

    Summer 1971. The very first Wittman Tailwind & behind it is Betty Skelton's Little Stinker. Betty bought the Tailwind from Steve. Apparently when her husband Don retired they moved from Detroit to Winter Haven FL. Bull barber ferried Little Stinker and Mike's dad flew Sylvester from Detroit to FL.
     
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    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.
     
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    Yes, the Tailwind was originally referred to as the Magic Carpet, or Flying Carpet, depending on who you ask......
     
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    Beautiful Tailwind, 8-10-18, Chetek WI.

    We need more Tailwinds.
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