At the end of 1945, they wanted to build ten S1s for Car Stengel off the design of the original Pitts as part of an amateur construction kit, but only one was built due to Carl's company's financial problems. Phil Quigley flew this model in airshows - with its longer and more resistant fuselage, 85 hp Continental engine, and an improved upside-down fuel system - until aerobatics pilot Betty Skelton bought it in 1947. With the nickname "Little Stinker," it allowed her to dominate all the female national aerobatics competitions from 1947 to 1951.
The Pitts - the plane designed and created by Curtis Pitts - is possibly the most attractive and recognized biplane in the world of aerobatic competition. Since the aerobatic prototype took its first flight in 1945, it has boasted more wins in Unlimited aerobatic competitions in the United States than any other model.
Nowadays, we are so accustomed to human flight that we sometimes forget that it is not our natural mode of transport, as it is, for example, for birds. Rather, we have altered our reality by designing machines with complex systems that allow us to fly. However, these machines are sophisticated, fragile, and operate in rapidly changing environments. They are imperfect, as they have been designed by the human being, who is himself imperfect.
Snap&Roll interviewed Aude Lemordant, aerobatic pilot widely known on the international aerobatic circuit for her radiant sympathy and for her excellent qualities and skills as aerobatic pilot. Airline pilot by profession with over 6000-flight experience combines her job with her vocation, the aerobatics. Aude just proclaimed Women’s World Aerobatic Champion in the WAC last held in Texas, being the first to snatch the title to the multiple world champion Svetlana Kapanina in recent years.
Member of the “L’equipe de France” since 2009, for her, aerobatics means: “Showing the best of an aircraft”
"The way you manage the available energy is an
important key in aerobatics"
When a plane is parked on the ground, it doesn't have any energy - or at least any that can be used.
A plane in movement has energy that can be utilized not only for flying and maintaining a certain altitude, but also for maneuvering.
For the purpose of understanding aerobatic flight, we say that an aircraft in flight basically has two types of energy. Added together, this is considered all the energy the aircraft has in any given moment.