Wittman Tailwind – Aircraft of the month

The Tailwind is one of the more older Home built designs that is still being flown in numbers today. It proves you can get a lot of performance out of simple shapes and simple construction. Visually the fuselage has very similar lines to the Hyperbipe

I can’t think of a Oshkosh or Sun-N-Fun I’ve been to with out seeing at least one of these aircraft at the show.

You can still build a tailwind today with plans & components from Aircraft Spruce

https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/kitspages/wittail.php

Steve Whittman was one of the pioneers in the Home built aircraft movement, read more at: 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Wittman

and a nice documentary

The landing gear on the SP-500 was highly influenced by the tailwind for its simple construction, read more at: https://gouldaero.com/eaa-e-ab/sp-500-e-ab/sp500-construction-photos-toc/sp500-landing-gear/

RC option:

https://outerzone.co.uk/plan_details.asp?ID=7831

https://outerzone.co.uk/images/_thumbs/models/7831.jpg

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