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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [IAC-L:1066] Re: Why The Pitts Is Unbeatable


Thread: [IAC-L:1066] Re: Why The Pitts Is Unbeatable

Message: [IAC-L:1066] Re: Why The Pitts Is Unbeatable

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From: "ELLIOTT, MICHAEL R. (MIKE) (JSC-OC)" <michael.r.elliott1 at>

Date: Thu, 25 Sep 1997 13:48:46 UTC


 Besides, their is nothing like doing aerobatics in an open cockpit

	From:  Gail Hill[SMTP:jgtipton at]
	Sent:  Wednesday, September 24, 1997 3:46 PM
	To:  Multiple recipients of list
	Subject:  [IAC-L:1058] Re: Why The Pitts Is Unbeatable

	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
	> 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
	>    2) When you arrive in a Pitts, every contest is a de facto
	> competition.
	>    3) Fly one of the sequences that Bob Herendeen or Charlie
	> 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............

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