Pitts Special

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Lycoming AE10-540
260 hp.
17 ft.  9 in.
20 ft.
1,155 lbs.
1,700 lbs.
29 U.S. gals.
545 lbs.
173 mph
213 mph
3,000 fpm
21,000 feet
284 miles

Pitts Special

Pitts Special

The Pitts Special is produced by Pitts Aerobatics Co., now Aviat Aircraft. The first aerobatic Pitts Special was produced in 1971. This was followed by a succession of high performance aircraft that continues today.

The Pitts Special is known for its aerobatic abilities. In fact, in the United States, Pitts Special aircraft have won the most unlimited aerobatic competitions.

The latest Pitts Special is an improved variant of their best selling S-2B model. Changes were made to the ailerons to improve response and roll rate. Wing tips and tail surfaces were redesigned so the aircraft would require a lighter stick pressure. This would remain the same whether performing inside or outside maneuvers. A new Hartzell propeller now pulls the aircraft. See-through Plexiglas has replaced the standard cockpit floor. A more streamlined canopy is said to add 12 mph to the aircraft's top speed.

Pilots who have flown in Pitts aircraft tell us that one only has to think about where they are pointing the aircraft and it will fly there. Ground handling is excellent for a tail dragger, with a very direct steering feel.

The power to weight ratio of the Pitts Special makes for fantastic acceleration. Despite all of the power, a surprisingly light amount of right peddle pressure is all that is necessary to keep the aircraft tracking in a straight line during take off. Climb rate is a warbird like 3,000 fpm.

New C model pilots who are used to flying the B model will immediately notice that they only need to use about half as much aileron force. Hands-off, sustained, level inverted flight needs just a touch of down trim. The Pitts Special is very easy to control in all attitudes, including spins, with no handling surprises.

To the uninitiated, landing a Pitts Special is a challenge. However, it can be mastered with time and practice.

A Pitts Special is on display at the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.

little girl with Pitts Special

Pitts Special

The G & L Hobbies Pitts Special measures 102 in. from wing tip to wing tip. Its length is 96 in. and weight about 45 lbs. A 130 cc or larger engine should be enough to pull it through the air. Construction is a glass fibre fuselage with sheeted foam wings.

The Goldwing Pitts Special has a 71 in. wingspan and a 80 in. length. Engines can be from 50cc to 60cc. Weight is around 18 lbs.

The RC Pitts Special from E-Flite is BNF (Bind and Fly).  Wingspan of the all foam airplane is 33 1/2 in., length is 31 in. and all up weight is around 36 oz.  Included is an 850 kv motor.

The RC Pitts Special from Kingcraft is an all wood ARF.  It has a 47 in. wingspan and 43 in length.  It needs your 42mm 800W motor for power.  Ready to fly weight is around 6 1/2 lbs.

The Great Planes Pitts Special wingspan is 68 1/2 in. and length is 60 in. You will need 1.6 to 2.7 two cycle or a FT300 four cycle engine for power. Weight will be between 14 and 16 lbs.

The Cerebus Pitts Special has a 76 in. wingspan and is 78 in. long. It has a glass fibre fuselage with balsa over foam wings. Engines can be from 50cc to 80cc. Availability is as a kit, ARF, or RTF. Weight is about 20 lbs.

Trueworthy Designs has a Pitts Special with a 108 in. wingspan and 109 in. length. It comes as a short kit. You will need from 150cc to 220cc engine power.

The Cyclone Hobbies Pitts Special is made from all-wood. Wingspan is 94 1/2 in. and length is 81 in. The ARF can be powered by 100cc to 150cc engines. Weight is around 24 lbs.

The smaller Pitts Special from Cyclone Hobbies is also made from all-wood. Its wingspan is 71 in. and length is 66 in. From 45cc to 55cc engines can power it. Weight is around 12 lbs.

The Pits Special from SDS Hobby wingspan is 71 in., length is 63 in. and weight is about 18 lbs. Suggested power can be from 50cc to 60cc engines.

Dynam's Pitts Special has a wingspan of 42 in. and a length of 44 1/2 in. The all foam airplane is an ARF which includes a motor, controller and flight battery.  It weighs about 3 lbs.

The Pitts Special from Zero Gravity has a wingspan of 42 in. and is 42 1/2 in. long. It needs your motor and electronics. Weight should be around 3 lbs.

The Pitts Special from Exclusive Modellbau wingspan is 112 in. and length is 119 in. A 120cc engine powers it. It weighs around 42 lbs.

The Advanced Scale Models (ASM) Pitts Special wingspan is 62 1/2 in. and length is 54 in. The fuselage is plastic and wings are all balsa built-up. Recommended is a 1.20 4C engine.

The Pitts Special from RC Guys has a wingspan of 68 in. and is 63 in. long with an all up weight of about 15 lbs. The ARF uses all-wood construction and from 25cc to 40 cc engines.

Winsky has a Pitts Special of all wood construction. The kit has a wingspan of 35 1/2 in. and length of 34 1/2 in. It is recommended for electric power.

The Maxsuner Pitts Special has everything you will need to fly included. Its wingspan is 33 3/4 in. and length is 28 3/4 in. with an all up weight of around 24 oz.

The Pitts Special from Shenzhen SDS is ARF with a wingspan of 92 1/2 in. and length of 81 in. It needs from a 100 cc to 150 cc engine.

Topwin has a Pitts Special that comes ready to fly. Its wingspan is 42 in. and weight is about 46 oz.. It comes with a radio, flight battery, and is 44 in. long.

Flight Model's Pitts Special features a fuselage that is 72 in. long. Its wingspan is 74 in. With the recommended 50 cc engine it should weigh around 17 1/2 lbs. all up.

Flight Models produces a Pitts Special with a 55 in. wingspan and 53 in. long. It is made from EPO. Included is a motor and flight battery.

Keenpower makes a Pitts Special for sale that comes almost ready to fly. Its wingspan is 55 in. and length is 52 in. A motor is included. Weight is around 7 lbs.

Exceed's Pitts Special has a 33 in. wingspan. It has a length of 31 in., includes a 2830 motor, and weighs around 22 oz.

For a Pitts Special as a kit, check out Herr Engineering. It has a wingspan of 30 in., is of all wood construction, needs from .074 to .095 two stroke engines, and weighs about 1 lb. 10 oz.

The Pitts Special kit from Nick Ziroli Plans wingspan is 54 in. and engine is a .60.

The smaller Pitts Special kit from Wendell Hostettler has a wingspan of 75 in. and needs from 4.0 to 6.0 c.i.d. engines.

The larger Pitts Special kit from Wendell Hostettler has a wingspan of 97 in. It needs from an 8.8 to 10.0 c.i.d. engine.


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