Pitts Special aerobatic aircraft, 1969.
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The Pitts Special is one of the clasic aerobatic aircraft. It was designed in 1944 in Florida by Curtis Pitts with a specific pilot in mind. This particular aircraft, registration G-AZPH, was manufactured in the USA in the late 1960s and imported and registered in Britain in 1972 by aerobatics International. The aircraft was flown by Neil Williams to win the 1971 US National Championship, the 1974 European Championship and gain 4th place in the World aerobatic Championships in 1976.