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