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EAA AirVenture Oshkosh RSS Feed Homebuilt Milestones: Wittman Tailwind, Thorp T-18 to Be Honored
Wittman Tailwind
Wittman Tailwind
Thorp T-18
Thorp T-18

April 18, 2013 - Two iconic homebuilt aircraft designs celebrating important anniversaries in 2013 will be recognized at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013: 60 years of the Wittman Tailwind and 50 years for the Thorp T-18.

EAA is working with the Tailwind and T-18 aircraft owners to bring as many of the aircraft as possible to Oshkosh in 2013. Aircraft owners should contact members in their respective groups or EAA's Chad Jensen at cjensen@eaa.org to find out more. Specific activities will be announced as they are finalized.

"Oshkosh is always the biggest annual gathering of homebuilt aircraft in the world, and we're always seeking specific types that we can honor on their anniversaries," said Jensen, who is EAA's homebuilts technical specialist and organizer of AirVenture homebuilt activities. "These two airplanes have significant places in EAA and homebuilt history, so we're happy to recognize them at AirVenture this year."

The Wittman Tailwind is one of many aircraft designed and built by Oshkosh resident Steve Wittman, the renowned aircraft designer and racer who is the namesake of Wittman Regional Airport, host site of EAA AirVenture. The Tailwind is a fast, economical aircraft that cruises at better than 150 mph. The design was based on Wittman's racing aircraft of the 1940s and '50s.

The Thorp T-18 was designed by John Willard Thorp in the early 1960s as an all-metal, low-wing monoplane. It was unique at the time because of its "matched hole" riveting technique that helped it be a low-cost, quick-to-build aircraft. One of the highlights of the model was in 1976, when EAA member Don Taylor flew around the world in his T-18, which is now part of the collection in the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh.

Homebuilt aircraft are featured at "show center" along the AirVenture flightline and can also be parked in the homebuilt aircraft camping area, expanded in 2012.

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