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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!

Dawn Flight

Dawn Flight Re-mastered DVD is Available NOW!
$39.95

In 1975 the Lansburgh brothers set out to make a great flying film that would win an Academy Award and guarantee their success in the film business. They came pretty close. DAWN FLIGHT received an Academy Award nomination. Brian Lansburgh eventually founded Sunriver Soaring and now flies the Big Yellow Glider.

The film has recently been digitally re-mastered and is offered here at the Tailwheeler’s Mercantile.

DAWN FLIGHT is a classic flying filDawn Flight Remastered movie DVDm. Unlike most other soaring films, it’s not a documentary. It’s a dramatic story about a glider pilot battling his own demons. This is the rare long version of the film. Brian invited Denis Arndt, the star of the picture, to come up for an interview and a flight in the Big Yellow Glider. That interview, including their flight is included in the Special Features, along with Brian’s commentary about the making of the film.

DAWN FLIGHT is 22.5 minutes long; the interview and flight with Denis Arndt is 46 minutes and the film maker’s commentary is about 24 minutes.

DAWN FLIGHT Directed by Lawrence M. Lansburgh
Director of Photography and Second Unit Director Brian Lansburgh
Dawn Flight © Lawrence M. Lansburgh
The Dawn Flight DVD Special Features © Brian Lansburgh

A NOTE ABOUT THE FILM: Dawn Flight was filmed a long time ago in 16mm film.  We’ve re-mastered it to improve the color and contrast, but it still shows its age.  We will continue to work on improvement of the DVDs we offer and owners of our DVDs will always be entitled to a trade-up at a very small charge any time we make improvements – Please keep your receipts for this option.

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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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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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