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  • Re: metal flaps/ailerons

    thanks Bill , i think will put a least one extra rib mid way along the flap for extra stiffness many thanks craig ... On Wed, 25/11/15, William Bernard

    10 minutes ago
  • Re: Master switch

    Yep. Very similar. Thanks for your feedback and links.

    keith.klos 3 hours ago
  • Re: metal flaps/ailerons [1 Attachment]

    I only made ribs for the ends. I did add angle stiffeners along the skins. Unfortunately, I don't remember the exact spacing. Eight inches springs to mind, but

    fuzztail2001 5 hours ago
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For discussion and exchange of information related to the Wittman Tailwind, Nesmith Cougar, and similar aircraft, like the Buttercup, Big X, Daphne, Fourrunner and O&O--focus is on building and flying designs by Steve Wittman and related designs and modifications by others. Pictures can also be posted if moderate size.

Picture is Dave Conrad's beautiful W-10 over Wisconsin in Feb 2012 finishing the test period for his Tailwind. Plan to see him at Baraboo this year!

The W-10 Tailwind is simple, light, and FAST! Red Hamilton's Race 37 has set the bar at 235 MPH cruising speed (though admittedly he was in a race at the time)!

For builders and other interested folks, all of the old newsletters can be found in the "Files" section. Also there is a lot of other helpful construction information in the Files Section and many pictures of construction and flying in the Photos Section. Also note that "Clement modifications" are recommended for the W-10 tailwinds, and he also has the plans for the trike gear. Jim Stanton has a list of drawing corrections and other information. The Swiss group has put together a Compendium of builder's hints and comments, which is almost a builder's bible for construction. All information can be found in the "Files" section.

The 2015 Tailwind and Buttercup Fly In will be held Jul 17-18 at Hartford, WI (HXF). Mark Stamsta and Jim Stanton will be the hosts. This will be a very basic social event similar to the early Baraboo events. Tentative fly out to Oshkosh the 19th AM. Oshkosh is July 20-26. We have enthusiastic support from the City of Harford, as well as Steve Krog who is an EAA Vintage Division Director. All types of aircraft, drive-ins and walk-ins are welcome--just bring your interest in Steve Wittman's designs.

The West Coast Wittman design Fly-in for 2015 is expected to be Second Sunday in October, location yet to be determined. All aircraft and drive-ins/walk-ins are welcome.

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  • Aug 23, 2001
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