Release Date: 1979
Technology: Nike Air
Developed by aeronautical engineer M. Frank Rudy, Nike Air would go on to become Nike's definitive technology - sidelining work on a mechanical cushioning/energy return system that wouldn't surface in a shoe until 2001. You may have heard of it, something called Shox. The Tailwind didn't look like anything special compared to the rest of Nike's running line, only the internals were different.