Janes pocket book of light aircraft second edition. Starting with a clean sheet, the design is 100% curtis, and it incorporates innovative new architecture that he had been working on for some time. The pitts special company designations s1 and s2 is a series of light aerobatic biplanes designed by curtis pitts. The pitts biplanes dominated world aerobatic competition in the 1960s and 1970s and, even today, remain potent competition aircraft in the lower categories. Oclcs webjunction has pulled together information and resources to assist library staff as they consider how to handle coronavirus.
After the first leg, he topped off the main and auxiliary wing fuel tanks, which, according to the pilots operating handbook poh, provided a. Its mixed force of reconnaissance and bomber aircraft and missiles support the national strategic deterrence mission. The design has been refined continuously since the prototypes first flight in september. The rugged, reliable husky a1c180 was designed for people whod rather fly a real airplane. At least, thats what it says in the book aerobatics, by neil williams. Equally, so are many other aviators who chose to fly this bird. Griggs aircraft refinishing wolf aircraft products. The aircraft can be built from plans or as a kitplane. The ultimate iteration of a series of aerobatic biplanes that started in 1946, designed and built by curtis pitts. Pitts special s2a modified ingenium ingenium museums.
S2b instruction manual for intermediate and advance pilots only all pictures and specifications shown in this manual are subject to change without notice. Unfollow pitts aircraft to stop getting updates on your ebay feed. It is widely accepted that the pitts special is the standard by which all other aerobatic aircraft are judged. As i complete my selfguided tour of cockpit controls and aircraft systems in the productionline s2b, craftsmen blair orvin and kelly jasperson are rigging an s2b wing that was squawked during a test hop.
The pitts special is a series of light aerobatic biplanes designed by curtis pitts. The pitts model 12 was designed by curtis pitts in the mid 1990s and first flew in 1996. The pitts aerobatic aircraft was designed by curtis pitts. The pitts model 12 was designed by curtis pitts starting in 1993. Aircraft bluebook is the premier resource for general aviation aircraft values. Incident pitts s1s gbook, 19 oct 1992 aviation safety network. All s1 and s2 models are variations evolved from the basic 1944 design. After a number of homebuilt aircraft were produced from rough handdrawn plans produced by pitts, more professionally drawn plans went on sale in 1962. High quality pitts special inspired tshirts by independent artists and designers from around the world. The encyclopedia of civil aircraft hardcover november 1, 1999. All pitts aircraft aviat also makes the singleseat s1t and s2s models are fine tuned at the factory for aerodynamic performance. In 1948, while flying that aircraft, betty won her first international aerobatic championship for women. With the capacity for two crew members, the pitts special is a series of light aerobatic biplane.
The s2b is a two seat high performance aircraft purpose built for aerobatic flight. As homebuilders expanded the s1s reputation as an excellent aerobatic aircraft, pitts began work on a twoseat aerobatic trainer version, the s2, which first flew in 1967 and gained its type certificate in 1971. Vfr, garmin gns 430, gma 340, gtx 330, adsb out, king ky 196a comm. Assembly of the eflite pitts i found pretty enjoyable. A fascinating read, with plenty in the pages to keep the pitts enthusiast absorbed i read it from backtoback over a couple of evenings. Sport aviation, seen through pilot reports, kickbutt photography, flight training, aerobatics, howto build and howto fly articles. The pitts special is currently built by aviat aircraft in afton, wyoming the. The early pitts special aircraft were custom built, differing in detail and powerplant employed. A guide and reference manual for aerobatic instructors and students by gene beggs. Pitts presented his completed design on his 80th birthday in december 1995. All orders are custom made and most ship worldwide within 24 hours.
Everything you need to know about gbook 1973 aerotek pitts s1s special cn 10017 including aircraft data, history and photos. Page 3 s2b thank you for purchasing your kingcraft pitts s2b arf model. Private, instrument, commercial, atp asel, amel cfi reinstatement cfi additional ratings. Griggs aircraft offers professional installation of your custom fiberglass or carbon fiber cowling systems.
Originally built by curtis pitts this plane has made many changes since its conception. First built by curtis pitts using a 65 hp engine which he though would be excessive power, the pitts is now built using engines with horsepower ratings of 450 hp and. Yes, i love the pitts, and yes curtis pitts is a legend. Most students who have learned in slower, less responsive aerobatic aircraft, find the pitts simply requires less work to perform maneuvers accurately. Books about aviation, history and technology aircraft construction. Soon afterwards jim kimball enterprises aquired rights to the plane, and kevin kimball has been improving it ever since. It is ideal for advanced aerobatic instruction and is our most popular model. As a result, the registration gbook was cancelled by the caa on 17111992 as destroyed sources. The private pilot had recently purchased the pitts model 12, and the flight was the second leg of his crosscountry trip to fly the plane home. Pitts special s2a modified canada aviation and space museum artifact no. The kimballs, jim the elder and kevin the son, are interesting folks.
Curtis pitts began the design of a singleseat aerobatic biplane in 194344. Bill thomass fly for fun is still the classic textbook for understanding not just. Bud davison, bill thomas, sean d tucker, paddy wagstaff, tom poberezney, charlie hillard and new zealands very own pam collings my coach for a number of years and to this day along with being a huge role model and. General pitts was born at march field, now march air force base, calif. Pitts toyota is a family owned and operated full service automoblie dealership serving middle georgia since 1947. First the aircraft is pulled into a 45degree climb. Aircraft data gbook, 1973 aerotek pitts s1s special cn. We hope you enjoy assembling and flying it as much as we did creating it. Depending on the type of engine, builder design, and avionics, the airplane varies around the lb mark.
Buy pitts specials by budd davisson online at alibris. Building time from the pitts aircraft planes is around 2000 hours. Own an aircraft that will make you smile every time you get behind the stick. See more ideas about aviation, aircraft and airplane. The aviat aircraft eagle home built kit sets a standard by which others are measured. The airplane is both factory built and home built with the majority of the aircraft built by homebuilders.
Around the world, the pitts name is synonymous with aerobatics. Pictures of building the pitts airplane wing designed by curtis pitts. Instrument, multiengine, airplane category, asel and amel class ratings multiengine aircraft. Pitts produced limited numbers of aircraft during the 1940s and 1950s. Shows many pitts aircraft from building to flying this is the worlds most successful aerobatic aircraft. She would repeat this achievement in 1949 and 1950 while flying a pittsspecial s.
Updated quarterly, each edition includes more than 3,000 model years of identification and values for all types of business and general aviation aircraft. The pitts special, model designations s1 single seat and s2 two seat, are a series of light aerobatic biplanes that were designed by curtis pitts. She began a professional career as an aerobatic pilot in 1946, flying a 1929 great lakes 2t1a biplane. He is a graduate of the united states air force academy, along with his lifetime best friend al giordino. The aircraft even appears to fly backward for an instant. One pilots labor of love was almost destroyed before it even got off the ground. Pitts specials and formula one racers to spice it up. The pitts is such an iconic aerobatic aircraft design thats unmistakable and this eflite airplane captures it perfectly. Aerotek pitts s2a special, twoseat aerobatic biplane.
Aviat aircraft is an american manufacturer of highperformance sport and utility aircraft, including the worldrenowned pitts. These cowlings provide excellent cooling and the low drag enables quicker entry speeds for improved performance. This is my story about building, testflying and displaying a pitts special. With the performance edge of almost one to one power to weight ratio, the airshow this aircraft can perform is truly awesome.
No doubt it would sell very well if it were to be reprinted, as the enthusiasm for the little aircraft is a strong as ever. Plus having flown the umx one, its really fostered a love for the pitts. Everything looks different from inside a pitts special. The only suprise i found was that although the douglas dc2 is covered, the dc3 c47 is not found anywhere. The pitts model 12 is a high performance aerobatic biplane designed around the vedeneyev m14ppf engine. Working out of their private grass strip in zellwood, florida, they have carved something of a special niche for themselves within the world of antique aviation. The empty weight is 1150 lb 521 kg and the maximum takeoff weight is 1625 lb 737 kg. Expermental aircraft like the pitts are made by homebuilders like you.
The model 12 was the last he designed, built, and test flew himself in 1992. Little stinker built for betty skelton in 1947 with a 65kw 90hp continental and black beauty built for caro bailey with a 95kw 125hp lycoming o290d. Numerous and frequentlyupdated resource results are available from this search. In the log books a flight was recorded from the pitts factory in afton, wyoming to. When curtis pitts built the first s1 pitts special way back in 1945, few could have imagined that the design and its derivatives would dominate the aerobatic world for over 50odd years.
The pitts model 12 for the classic look of an old biplane with the blistering performance of modern technology look for the pitts model 12. The twoplace pitts special s2b can be flown competitively in unlimited class competition. Pitts model 14 the late curtis pitts spent over sixty years of his life designing aerobatic biplanes, and his model 14 continues this grand legacy. It has accumulated many competition wins since its first flight in 1944. The pitts model 12 is a 2 place fully aerobatic biplane designed specifically around the 360 hp 400hp russian built vedeneyev m14p pf radial. Aircraft manufacturer pitts, husky, eagle aircraft aviat. Dirk pitt, being a fairly eccentric and adventurous soul, keeps a home that is equally wild and exciting. Find great deals on ebay for pitts special and pitts special kit.1036 894 1360 792 1122 701 1507 1398 571 179 1362 1087 805 372 337 809 280 964 1031 1253 1254 1251 79 75 1200 421 1111 1296 179 365 558 1455 986 29 615 1465