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RIP Herb Kelleher

RIP Herb Kelleher (87), founder of Southwest airlines. Arguably one of the most charismatic airline CEOs. Our favorite example of his innovativeness was when he arm wrestled another airline executive over a trademark dispute. He wanted to save the legal fees, even though he had practiced law. Kelleher did not win the arm wrestling match, but he did grow Southwest to the largest domestic carrier in the U.S.

New Aviation Clocks

Tailwinds is pleased to offer a new line of aviation clocks. These quality Altimeter Clocks are based upon the cockpit instrument ones found in WW II aircraft. The durable tabletop and wall clocks are made with metal and have quartz movement. See more styles at our web store.

Metal Altimeter Desk Clock
Metal Altimeter Desk Clock

Vietnam Helicopter Pilot to Receive Medal of Honor

Congratulations to UH-1 Vietnam Huey pilot Charles Kettles. Charles, now 86 years old from Ypsilanti, Michigan is going to receive a Medal of Honor on July 18, 2016. Kettles is credited with saving dozens of lives on May 15, 1967 after our troops where ambushed in the Song Tau Cau river valley. With no guns or aircrew, under constant fire, no air support, with disregard for his own life, he flew in, piled in 8 soldiers, was over gross weight and somehow managed take-off and fly back to safety. We’re glad this hero is getting the recognition he deserves. kettles

Airbus Delivers 1st Made In USA Aircraft

Good news for Airbus. The first MADE IN THE USA, A321 aircraft has been completed in the Mobile, Alabama plant. 3-years ago Airbus broke ground on what used to be a WW II bomber support base in Mobile. Only 7-months after inauguration the workers in Mobile delivered the A321 to Jet Blue airlines. Since announcing the plant the Airbus market share in the U.S. climbed from 20% to 40%. 1

Wright Flyer Customer Review

Congratulations to Tailwinds customer Bill S. in Colorado. Bill won our 1st quarter drawing for a $50 gift coupon from Tailwinds for a product review. Here is what he said about his purchase of the replica Wright Flyer Model Aircraft: “This was the perfect item for my home library that has a historical/antique theme. It arrived in great condition and simply looks really cool. My 11 year-old thought so, too.” Replica Wright Flyer Model Plane