Pitts 70th at Air Venture

Long before there were kits, composites or even much in the way of plans there was Curtis Pitts. Marshalling the best of Greatest Generation scrounging and make-do attitudes, he ushered in the (barely!) post-war era of amateur-built sport planes on August 28, 1945 with his iconic Pitts Special. It remains an excellent plans-built project with plenty of support in single- and two-seat configurations.

With just 55 hp because, "the engines were plentiful and money wasn’t," the original Pitts was still considered a good performer because it weighed under 500 lb.

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