Pitts Special

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The first Pitts Special flew in 1947. The machine was designed for Betty Skelton, a U.S. aerobatics display pilot. The Pitts Special is a superb aerobatics aircraft and can be frequently seen at airshows, to this day.


ACAM’s Pitts was built in the early 1970’s in the United States. It was brought to Canada in 1978, however, it was unable to be flown in Canada and could not be registered. Eventually it was donated to the Museum by Mr. Darrell Davis.

In 1998, it was recovered in fabric and painted. During 1999, Crew Chief Bill Leeming and his dedicated crew finished restoring and assembling the Pitts S-1C. Finished in an attractive red, white and black paint scheme, matching Paul Tuttle’s painting, the Pitts makes a wonderful addition to the Museum’s growing collection. The Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum, has the only Pitts S-1C on historical display in Atlantic Canada.



Specifications for a Pitts S-1C:

  • Span: 17 ft. 3 in.
  • Length: 13 ft. 6 in
  • Height: 75 in.
  • Wing Area: 125 sq. ft.



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