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With a collection of more than 200 historic aircraft, the EAA Aviation Museum is a year-round destination, combining aviation's past with the promise of its exciting future.

1953 Wittman Tailwind W-8C - N5747N

Location: Pioneer Airport

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Originally called the Flying Carpet, the Tailwind was designed by Steve Wittman for performance and efficiency. The design uses relatively low power engines yet achieves very high performance. The Tailwind uses Wittman’s patented tapered spring steel landing gear.

The W-8C was the first two-place homebuilt approved by the FAA to carry non-revenue passengers. Simple construction and outstanding performance make the Tailwind a homebuilder’s favorite. Currently over 350 plans-built Tailwinds are flying worldwide. It was built by Steve Wittman in 1953.

Donated by Eugene J. Zepp of Dearborn, Michigan.


19 ft. 3 in.


5 ft. 3 in.

Empty Weight

685 lbs.

Gross Weight

1,235 lbs.

Oil Capacity

4-6 qt.

Fuel Capacity

25 gal.


20 ft. 11 in.

Total Wing Area

84 sq. ft.

Cruising Range

600 miles

Cruising Speed

153 mph

Maximum Speed

175 mph

Service Ceiling

16,000 ft.

Serial Number


Rate of climb

900 fpm


85 hp., Continental C-85-12, 201 cubic inch, 4-cylinder horizontally opposed

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