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Pitts Special

Curtis Pitts designed and built the Pitts Special for aerobatics. This 1945 design is still loved and flown in aerobatic competitions the World over. Curtis H. Pitts began the design of the Pitts Special in 1942 in Jacksonville, Florida. The first Pitts Special aircraft, powered by a 90 hp Franklin engine, flew in 1944. For the following 25 years, the Pitts Special was constructed as a homebuilt only. During this period, the design was continually refined to improve aerobatic performance. By 1962, the standard engine had been increased to 180 hp, and in 1966 a symmetrical airfoil was added to make inverted flight characteristics similar to normal upright flight characteristics.

Pitts Special Modified
Pitts Special S2S with Gordon Price Ultimate wings

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Pitts Special S1
First flew with a 55 hp hycoming 0-145. Later flew with a 90 hp Flanklin. One of the most famous Pitts S1 was built by Curtis Pitts for Betty skelton called the Little Stinker. Early Pitts and most homebuilts where nicknamed Flatwings due to their flat bottom wings and only had ailerons on bottom wing. These were later called S1c and S1Ds. Early factory built S1S had semi symmetrical airfoil and a beefed up fuselage to take 180 hp Lycoming. Early ailerons were friese type which on later models gave way to symmetrical type which later had balanced tab type.

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Pitts Special S1C


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Pitts Special S1D


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Pitts Special S1E


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Pitts Special S1P


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Pitts Special S1S
Single-seat aerobatic biplane.

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Pitts Special S1.11b Super Stinker


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Pitts Special S1T


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Pitts Special S2A


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Pitts Special S2B


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Pitts Special S2C


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Pitts Special S2E
Kit built.

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Pitts Special S2S


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