Pitts Special S-1 & S-2

Aerobatic Aircraft

Pitts Special S-2B © Karsten Palt
Photo ©: Karsten Palt
The Pitts Special is a single-engine one- or two-seat aerobatic biplane aircraft designed by Curtis Pitts. Most Pitts Special were home-built. Factory production was performed by the US-American manufacturers Pitts Aerobatics, Aerotek, Christen Industries and since 1991 by Aviat Aircraft, Inc.. The Pitts Special S-1 is the single-seater, the S-2 is the two-seat aerobatic trainer variant.
Plans for the S-1 and Model 14 are currently distributed by Steen Aero Lab while plans for other versions are sold by Aviat Aircraft.
Crew1 / 2
Propulsion1 Piston Engine
Engine ModelLycoming IO-360-A1A
Engine Power149 kW200 hp
Speed254 km/h137 kts
  158 mph
Service Ceiling6.096 m20.000 ft
Range552 km298 NM
343 mi.
Empty Weight454 kg1.000 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight680 kg1.500 lbs
Wing Span6,10 m20 ft 0 in
Wing Area11,6 m125 ft
Length5,41 m17 ft 9 in
Height1,94 m6 ft 4 in
First Flight09/1944
Production Statusout of production
ICAO CodePTS1 PTS2
Data for (Version)Pitts Special S-2A
VariantsS-1, S-1C, S-1D, S-1E, S-1F, S-1S, S1-SS, S-1T, S-1-11B, S-2, S-2A, S-2B, S-2C, S-2E, S-2S, S-2SE, Model 12, Model 14

[Photo-ID: 605] Karsten Palt 2007-09-08
Pitts (Aerotek) Pitts Mod 12, , N12HV, c/n 109, Karsten Palt, 2007Pitts (Aerotek)
Pitts Mod 12
Reg.: N12HV
c/n: 109
 
Oldtimer-Fliegertreffen 2007 [Kirchheim unter Teck - Hahnweide (EDST)]
[Photo-ID: 2720] Karsten Palt 2009-09-05
Pitts (Aerotek) Pitts Mod 12, , N12HV, c/n 109, Karsten Palt, 2009Pitts (Aerotek)
Pitts Mod 12
Reg.: N12HV
c/n: 109
 
Oldtimer-Fliegertreffen 2009 [Kirchheim unter Teck - Hahnweide (EDST)]
[Photo-ID: 448] Karsten Palt 2007-08-18
Aerotek Pitts S-2A Special, , D-EXPH, c/n 2015, Karsten Palt, 2007Aerotek
Pitts S-2A Special
Reg.: D-EXPH
c/n: 2015
 
Flugplatzfest Bielefeld 2007 [Bielefeld (EDLI / BFE)]
[Photo-ID: 12289] Karsten Palt 2016-04-10
Curtis Pitts S-1 Special / P-7, , N58J, c/n 107, Karsten Palt, 2016Curtis Pitts
S-1 Special / P-7
Reg.: N58J
c/n: 107
 
EAA AirVenture Museum [Oshkosh, WI]
[Photo-ID: 10760] Karsten Palt 2015-04-18
Curtis Pitts S-1C Special, , G-AXNZ, c/n PFA 1383, Karsten Palt, 2015Curtis Pitts
S-1C Special
Reg.: G-AXNZ
c/n: PFA 1383
 
Rahmi M Koc Museum [Istanbul]
[Photo-ID: 10247] Karsten Palt 2014-05-28
Curtis Pitts S-1C Special, , N22E, c/n 2, Karsten Palt, 2014Curtis Pitts
S-1C Special
Reg.: N22E
c/n: 2
 
Little Stinker Too, 2nd Pitts built ever
NASM Udvar Hazy Center [Chantilly, VA]
[Photo-ID: 11177] Karsten Palt 2015-06-03
Pitts S-1C Special, , N6119, c/n DC1, Karsten Palt, 2015Pitts
S-1C Special
Reg.: N6119
c/n: DC1
 
Pima Air and Space Museum [Tucson, AZ]
[Photo-ID: 13556] Karsten Palt 2016-09-10
Pitts S-1S, , D-EDUX, c/n , Karsten Palt, 2016Pitts
S-1S
Reg.: D-EDUX
 
Oldtimer-Fliegertreffen 2016 [Kirchheim unter Teck - Hahnweide (EDST)]
[Photo-ID: 3034] Karsten Palt 2009-05-01
Pitts / Aerotek S-1S, , G-BYIR, c/n 1-0063, Karsten Palt, 2009Pitts / Aerotek
S-1S
Reg.: G-BYIR
c/n: 1-0063
 
Flugtag LSV-Wittlage 2009 [Bohmte-Bad Essen (EDXD)]
[Photo-ID: 13557] Karsten Palt 2016-09-10
Pitts S-1S, , N25LM, c/n , Karsten Palt, 2016Pitts
S-1S
Reg.: N25LM
 
Oldtimer-Fliegertreffen 2016 [Kirchheim unter Teck - Hahnweide (EDST)]
[Photo-ID: 6175] Karsten Palt 2012-06-14
Pitts (Short) S-1S, , N4HS, c/n 10034, Karsten Palt, 2012Pitts (Short)
S-1S
Reg.: N4HS
c/n: 10034
 
San Diego Air and Space Museum [San Diego, CA]
[Photo-ID: 12290] Karsten Palt 2016-04-10
Curtis Pitts S-2 Special, , N22Q, c/n 1001, Karsten Palt, 2016Curtis Pitts
S-2 Special
Reg.: N22Q
c/n: 1001
 
Pitts S-2 Special prototype, first flown in 1966
EAA AirVenture Museum [Oshkosh, WI]
[Photo-ID: 1339] Karsten Palt 2008-08-17
Pitts (Aerotek) S-2B Special, , D-EFNE, c/n 5024, Karsten Palt, 2008Pitts (Aerotek)
S-2B Special
Reg.: D-EFNE
c/n: 5024
 
Flugtag Breitscheid 2008 [Breitscheid (EDGB)]
[Photo-ID: 2141] Karsten Palt 2009-05-10
Pitts (Aerotek/Christen) S-2B Special, , N88NL, c/n 5147, Karsten Palt, 2009Pitts (Aerotek/Christen)
S-2B Special
Reg.: N88NL
c/n: 5147
 
Flugtag Bremen 2009 [Bremen (EDDW / BRE)]
[Photo-ID: 2172] Karsten Palt 2009-06-01
Pitts (Aerotek) S-2B Special, Split Image Aerobatic Team, D-EHIL, c/n 5203, Karsten Palt, 2009Pitts (Aerotek)
S-2B Special
Split Image Aerobatic Team
Reg.: D-EHIL
c/n: 5203
 
Oostwold Airport Airshow 2009 [Oostwold - Groningen Airport (EHOW)]
[Photo-ID: 2201] Karsten Palt 2009-06-01
Pitts (Aerotek) S-2S Special, Split Image Aerobatic Team, N156CB, c/n 3011, Karsten Palt, 2009Pitts (Aerotek)
S-2S Special
Split Image Aerobatic Team
Reg.: N156CB
c/n: 3011
 
Oostwold Airport Airshow 2009 [Oostwold - Groningen Airport (EHOW)]
[Photo-ID: 13558] Karsten Palt 2016-09-10
Pitts S1-11B, , D-EEYS, c/n , Karsten Palt, 2016Pitts
S1-11B
Reg.: D-EEYS
 
Oldtimer-Fliegertreffen 2016 [Kirchheim unter Teck - Hahnweide (EDST)]