The Aviat Pitts S-1 is a single seat, high performance biplane. It was designed by Lyle J. “Al” Pitts, Jr. and manufactured in his shop at Aviat’s factory airport near the city of Oshkosh, Wisconsin from 1946 until 1957 when production was discontinued. The aircraft is also called the “Super Stinker”.

Aviat Aircraft
United States
1944 to: Present
US$0.2 million
1x 1 X Lycoming IO-360 fuel injected
200 horsepower
Max Cruise Speed:
113 knots
209 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
Travel range:
298 Nautical Miles
552 Kilometers
Fuel Economy:
64 nautical mile / gallon
31.311 kilometres / litre
Service Ceiling:
20,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
2600 feet / minute
13.21metre / second
Take Off Distance:
91 metre - 298.55 feet
Landing Distance:
152 metre - 498.68 feet
Max Take Off Weight:
680 Kg
1,499 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
Max Payload:
168 Kg
370 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
19 gallon
72 litre
Baggage Volume:
Seats - Economy / General:
1 seats
Seats - Business Class:
Seats - First Class:
Cabin Height:
Cabin Width:
Cabin Length:
Exterior Length:
5.41 metre - 17.75 feet
Tail height:
1.94 metre - 6.36 feet
Fuselage Diameter:
Wing Span / Rotor Diameter:
6.10 metre - 20.01 feet
Wing Tips:
No Winglets

The Pitts S-1 is a single seat biplane, which was designed and built in the United States from 1969 to 1971. It’s considered one of the most successful aerobatic aircraft ever made. The Pitts S-1 is powered by a 125 horsepower Lycoming engine connected to an Edo 72 inch three bladed propeller. This aircraft has been used for air shows and competitive aerobatics since it first became available in 1970.

In 1972, Bill Strohmeyer flew this plane upside down at 164 mph over England’s Blackbushe Airport breaking world records for speed and height while inverted. He also set a record that same year when he flew under four bridges near Seattle.

The design features a fabric covered welded steel tube fuselage with aluminum wings bolted to it. The engine cowling and propeller are metal while other parts are wood laminated with aircraft fabric or plywood skinned with aircraft fabric impregnated resin.  It has an open cockpit without windshield or canopy for entry and exit as well as a fixed tailwheel.

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