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 and soon won US and international contests. The wire-braced biplane structure resembles that used in World War I and early aircraft. This building technique has survived in aerobatic sport because it gives the tremendous strength necesary for abrupt manoeuvres. The aircraft was flown to win the 1971 US National Championship, the 1974 European Championship and to gain 4th place in the World aerobatic Championships in 1976. The aircraft pictured has the registration G-AZPH.