Used Aircraft Guide

February 2014 Issue

Pitts Special

Sixty years ago, its vertical ability redefined aerobatics—the marque is alive, well and rewarding skillful pilots.

Until the advent of the Pitts Special, aerobatics was a horizontal affair, even in the hairy-chested, fuel-sucking, 450-HP Boeings and Wacos. Practitioners pirouetted under the stern God of Energy Management—gravity and drag meant vertical maneuvers were brief events.

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