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Unsung Hero of Air Unit Technology

Nike has revolutionized the athletic footwear industry in countless ways over the decades, but perhaps the one Swoosh technology that stands out above all the rest in terms of its lasting imprint in the sneaker world is Nike Air cushioning.

In 1977, aerospace technology specialist Frank Rudy came to Nike with an ingenious idea: to put an air 'pocket' inside the sole of a shoe as a form of more sufficient cushioning. This became Nike's famous 'Air Unit'.

Within a year, Nike introduced the first shoe ever to feature its new Air technology in the appropriately named Air Tailwind. The Air Tailwind was released in limited quantities in Hawaii ahead of the 1978 Honolulu Marathon. It didn’t take long for the game-changing shoe to sell out and create an undying buzz in the running world.

Though weary of the idea at first, runners were eager to put the new cushioning platform to the test. They got their chance the following year in 1979, when Nike announced a full-fledged distribution effort for the Air Tailwind which was released to the general public.

The Nike Air Tailwind '79 reflects on all the signature features of the original Air Tailwind made its debut in the late ‘70s.

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