Category Archives: Aviation News

Wings over Marin

Need a reason to fly other than getting a $50.00 hamburger?  Come join us at Wings over Marin.   Gnoss airfield aka Marin County Airport is celebrating 50 years of flight on Saturday, August 14, 2010.  It will be interesting for pilots and aviation enthusiasts with static displays, fly-bys, and generally good family fun.   Hours are 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.  We’ll be there with a wonderful selection of Tailwinds merchandise.   So come on by and say hello.  We love to meet our customers!

The Flight of the Century

A new book on Charles Lindbergh’s historic flight across the Atlantic has just been published by Oxford Press.  Authored by Thomas Kessner, it has the standard details of Lindbergh’s transatlantic flight in the Spirit of St. Louis on May, 21, 1927 and his personal life.  However, the author also delves into how this flight established America’s reputation as the leader in the aviation industry. 

Some interesting facts are that the frame of the aircraft weighed less than a modern day Honda Civic without fuel.  To save weight he even clipped the margins off his charts (something I’ve also done when air racing.)  With his success, Lindbergh’s adulation was international.  When Lindbergh landed at 10:22 P.M. the French crowd of about 150,000 people went wild and broke down fences and overcame the soldiers and police that were trying to keep order.  In America he flew to 82 cities in 48 states and was seen by roughly 50 million people.  At the time that was about 40% of America’s population.  In Mexico City he was greeted by over 200,000 people.  The book is 313 pages.

See our Spirit of St. Louis airplane model here

Wishing you Blue Skies & Tailwinds!™

Innovative 787 Dreamliner

Boeing’s new 787 Dreamliner took its first flight outside the U.S. on July 18, 2010 to land in Farnborough, England.  The annual Farnborough Airshow is one of the largest in the world and an important mecca for the aviation industry.   The approximate nine hour flight arrived from Seattle with a crew of sixteen. 

There is a lot of excitement about the 787 Dreamliner because it is made of a newly developed carbon-composite material.   The carbon-composite material makes the aircraft much lighter.  Add in the Dreamliner’s innovative design and the aircraft will have much greater fuel efficiency than today’s commercial aircraft.

The first deliveries of the 787 Dreamliner will be to Japan’s All Nippon Airways. Projected delivery is by year end 2010.
See the Boeing model airplanes at  

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747 Airplane Converted to Home

Welcome to the first Tailwinds blog entry.  Here we’ll be discussing items of interest in the aviation industry,  cross country air racing adventures, have product discussions, and, of course, we can’t miss hangar flying!

So how much does a used 747 frame cost?  Only $30K.  A woman in Malibu, California bought a used 747 plane and is in the process of converting it into a plush home that will be completely “green”.  The airplane wings have been converted to solar panels and also act as the roof.  Some of the interior framing of the aircraft serves as the support structure for the home.   The funny part is that she needed to register her home with the FAA.  Why I thought?  Apparently from overhead the house can look like a downed plane so it needed to be registered.     

Wishing you Blue Skies & Tailwinds!