Happy Birthday Steve Wittman!

One of the greatest air race pilots and aircraft designers, Steve Wittman, was born on April 5, 1904. Witt, as he was known around here, learned to fly when he was 20 years old, in spite of being nearly blind in one eye. He went on to a prolific career as a race pilot and designer and builder of one-offs like Chief Oshkosh and Bonzo, not to mention popular homebuilts like the Tailwind. He’s honored with his own hangar at the EAA Aviation Museum’s Pioneer Airport, and by the name of Wittman Regional Airport here in Oshkosh. Witt died in 1995, but his legacy surrounds us.


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