Near Oshkosh in Winnebago County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
S. J. Wittman
Aircraft Designer • Race Pilot • Inventor
One of his planes "Buster" is in the Smithsonian Institution. He designed the very popular Wittman Tailwind and V-Witt Homebuilt aircraft and a commercially-used landing gear.
Mr. Wittman has long been recognized as one of America's foremost air race pilots. For 50 years, 1924 to 1974, he participated in more closed course air races than any other person in the world. He has raced in every "National Air Race" from 1928 to 1971 and still holds 2 world records.
His dedication to aviation has focused worldwide attention upon Oshkosh and Winnebago County. This airport was named in his honor July 24, 1969.
Erected 1975 by the Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 211.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Wisconsin Historical Society marker series.
Location. 43° 59.736′ N, 88° 33.342′ W. Marker is near Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in Winnebago County. Marker is on West 20th Avenue (Alternate U.S. 41) east of McCurdy Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Smith–Buckstaff ( approx. 0.7 miles away); Oldest House ( approx. 0.8 miles away); Oshkosh Korean and Vietnam War Memorials ( approx. 0.9 miles away); Oshkosh World War II Memorial ( approx. 0.9 miles away); Grand Opera House ( approx. 1.7 miles away); Civil War Monument ( approx. 1.7 miles away); Webster Stanley ( approx. 1.8 miles away); The University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh (was approx. 2.1 miles away but has been reported missing. ). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Oshkosh.
Also see . . . SJ "Steve" Wittman. "Newspaper reporters covering an early air race mistakenly took the initial S in SJ Wittman to be short for Steve. That’s what they wrote and it stuck. From that point on it was Steve Wittman." (Submitted on October 29, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.)
Additional keywords. Sylvester Joseph Wittman
Categories. • Air & Space • Notable Persons •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 29, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 1,289 times since then and 41 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on October 29, 2007, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.