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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [IAC-L:1050] Re: Why The Pitts Is Unbeatable


Thread: [IAC-L:1050] Re: Why The Pitts Is Unbeatable

Message: [IAC-L:1050] Re: Why The Pitts Is Unbeatable

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From: jimaire at

Date: Wed, 24 Sep 1997 02:50:27 UTC


 Dave Hirschman wrote:
>    Call me a fool, but I just traded in a monoplane for a Pitts S1S. Here
> are a few reasons why that loud, cramped, hard-to-work-on, old airplane
> proved so irresistable to me:
>    1) The Pitts S1 is essentially an 850-pound airplane capable of unlimited
> aerobatics. The One Design, G-200, Akro1, etc., also are 850-pound airplanes
> capable of unlimited aerobatics -- at two or three times the price.
>    2) When you arrive in a Pitts, every contest is a de facto one-design
> competition.
>    3) Fly one of the sequences that Bob Herendeen or Charlie Hillard
> mastered in a Pitts (or land in a gusty crosswind), and you are part of an
> American legacy. You can measure your progress against those who came before
> you.
>    4) If you ever lose the engine in a Pitts, the top wing will provide
> great roll-over protection. At the Reno air races, I watched in horror as an
> aft-CG loaded Pitts oscillated, then crashed nose-down in the dirt at full
> speed. When the dust cleared, the canopy slid back and the pilot crawled out
> of the wreckage. He had a broken collar bone. Enough said.
>    I'll miss the awesome visibility of the monoplane. I'll miss its relative
> comfort and cross-country speed. But I'm glad to be back in the Pitts family
>  . .
>    Dave Hirschman
Dave, Glad to have you back in the family!!! You and Don never did look
just right in those "modern" planes--besides the word monoplane kind of
sounds like a diesease doesn't it?


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