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Welcome to our store! We do have some pretty wonderful items. Shop our Aviation Books and Videos now! We carry one book which is really hard to find.  (Brian’s Flying Book) never before offered to the public! We are also pleased to offer “Dawn Flight”, an Oscar nominated short film produced by Larry and Brian Lansburgh, in its entirety along with exclusive extras! Meet Denis Arndt and Brian Lansburgh as they reminisce about the making of the film and enjoy an afternoon of soaring in Central Oregon. It is a fun and informative DVD that any aviation enthusiast will cherish. Thank you very much for your support!

Tailwheel Town Aviation Ball Cap

Finally! Our own Tailwheel Town hat! This great ball cap with our custom “Tailwheel Town” logo will separate the stick and rudder types from the throngs at “Acme”! AND, we’ll even tell you how to perform a “buttonectomy” in order to remove the top button from your cap. Or, for no extra charge, we’ll remove it for you! Just let us know. The hats are available at Tailwheel Town for one moldy old twenty dollar bill, or you can order it here at the Tailwheeler’s Mercantile with just a couple of additional bucks for shipping. Finally! Our own Tailwheel Town hat!

This great aviation ball cap with our custom “Tailwheel Town” logo will separate the stick and rudder types from the throngs at “Acme”! AND, we’ll even tell you how to perform a “buttonectomy” in order to remove the top button from your cap. Or, for no extra charge, we’ll remove it for you! Just let us know.

The hats are available at Tailwheel Town for one moldy old twenty dollar bill, or you can order it here at the Tailwheeler’s Mercantile with just a couple of additional bucks for shipping.grey-hat

One size fits all.  Cessna-140 red or charcoal.

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Airshow Pilot

For fourteen years, Brian Lansburgh performed all over the U.S. and Canada as “Krashbern T. Throttlebottom”. With his sidekick, “Ace,” the Wonder Dog and a troupe of trained ducks, they revolutionized the small specialty of airshow comedy. In this reminiscence, Lansburgh recalls events and personalities that he associated with in the airshow business. From famed wingwalker, Jessie Woods, through well-known fliers like Bob Hoover, Sean Tucker and Patty Wagstaff, Lansburgh’s recollections are sometimes hilarious, sometimes sad, but always gripping.

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SWOOP!

Brian Lansburgh is the founder of The Tailwheeler’s Journal. He was previously Sunriver Soaring’s manager and pilot and ran the Sunriver Airport for a while. Before coming to central Oregon, Brian was a pilot for L3 Wescam, a job that kept him flying camera planes all over the US and Canada. His duties for Wescam ranged from providing aerial coverage of Monday Night Football to serving as a surrogate Predator UAV during war games at the Naval Air Station in Fallon, Nevada. He honed his flying skill during fourteen years as a comedy stunt pilot in the air show business and when he is not flying towplanes or gliders, teaches flying in a tailwheel Piper.

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Don’t Call Me “Dude”!

From “The Dead Stick Landing” to “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” stories from an unconventional life.

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Brian’s Flying Book, v2

Flier and film maker Brian Lansburgh has long had a Brian's Flying Book v2 front coverreputation for his iconoclastic methods of flight instruction. Now it’s all presented in this eye-opening book which smashes many long-held but largely indefensible flight training beliefs.

In “Brian’s Flying Book”, readers will be treated to several flight training maneuvers which will sharpen their flying skills and provide a lot of fun along the way.  You’ll also learn some new terms, such as “Whuffos”, along with some fun flying exercises such as “Sky Doodles”, “Whoopee Stalls” and “Slaloms”. Brian will also introduce readers to his tradition-breaking “Landing in a Turn” and, of course, the “Dead Stick” landing.

Not a book for the hidebound pilot, “Brian’s Flying Book” will be a refreshing change for fliers and even some non-fliers who are looking to learn more about the fascinating world of aviation.

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Nuts from a Blind Squirrel

“NUTS FROM A BLIND SQUIRREL” is a new audio CD containing short stories from the Tailwheeler’s Journal.

Each article, most of which have not been published before, is read by the author.  Pilots will love these stories, but anyone whose imagination soars will appreciate these stories, not all of which are about flying but all of which are about the richness of life.

They are available both on CD and on a flash drive loaded with MP3 files.  Once you’ve downloaded the MP3’s, you’ve got yourself a nice 2GB flash drive!

Nuts from a Blind Squirrel audio book CD

1.     Run-in at Rashneeshpuram:  Oregon history figures in this adventure by an airshow pilot and his assistant.

2.  Oxnard Tower:  Brian looks back at a maddening, but humorous, incident at an airshow.

3.  Dog Day in the Coast Guard:  A tale of the aerial rescue of a dog by two Coast Guard aviators.

4.  Enthusiasm:  We lifted audio from a live reminiscence of the endearing trait of one airshow performer.  It’s illustrated in the telling of a hilarious flying story.

5.  Symbols:  A simple story of the images that burn themselves into our minds and which serve to recall the important events and people in our lives.

6.   Ringers:  A tongue-in-cheek look at how Brian’s tailwheel endorsement course attracts such talented fliers.

7.  Don’t you know this is illegal?:  A little story about making up rules as we go.

8. Fish:  A reminiscence of an interesting character from Brian’s days living North Florida.Brian Lansburgh filmmaker author pilot

9. The Duxford B-17:  The story of a kid who witnessed the crash of a B-17 in war-torn England and went on to become a senior captain with British airways.

10.  I Hate Sailor Suits:  How the Coast Guard lured Brian into its ranks by hiding those bell-bottomed pants

11. Lots of Love:  A look at the lost art of communication and an embarrassing misunderstanding

12.  The Geezer Patrol:  What happens to old pilots?  They join the ranks of the Geezer Patrol.  We salute them in this lighthearted homage.

13.  Hangar Doors:  What’s behind those doors?  The question is partially answered in this piece which also explores the mysterious attraction of flying.

14.  In the Genes:  Brian reveals his roots in this tender salute to his parents, two groundbreaking film makers.

--->  Listen to an audio sampling of this CD

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