Articles on planes, pilots and events that shaped the history of the world aerobatics. ( Picture: World Cup Aerobatic Contest Paris)
During the 1950s, when airshow activity was increasingly stagnant, Curtis decided to temporarily leave Pitts airplane construction and center his efforts on his business and on creating Pitts designs and blueprints.
Just like we can't talk about the Pitts Special without talking about Curtis Pitts, we can't talk about the Láser 200 without mentioning Leo Loudenslager. These planes signify a turning point in the history of aerobatics; they are the fruit of work, a shared passion, and a philosophy demonstrated by the sacrifice of these people's lives.
At the end of 1945, they wanted to build ten S1s for Car Stengel off the design of the original Pitts as part of an amateur construction kit, but only one was built due to Carl's company's financial problems. Phil Quigley flew this model in airshows - with its longer and more resistant fuselage, 85 hp Continental engine, and an improved upside-down fuel system - until aerobatics pilot Betty Skelton bought it in 1947. With the nickname "Little Stinker," it allowed her to dominate all the female national aerobatics competitions from 1947 to 1951.
The Pitts - the plane designed and created by Curtis Pitts - is possibly the most attractive and recognized biplane in the world of aerobatic competition. Since the aerobatic prototype took its first flight in 1945, it has boasted more wins in Unlimited aerobatic competitions in the United States than any other model.
Parallel to the development of the Su-29, the Sukhoi Design Office was beginning to work on the development of a new aerobatic single-seater, the Su-29T, later designated Su-31. The purpose of the development was to build a single-seater with a few improved features over the S-26, and it wasn't until June 22, 1992 that the prototype took off for the first time, under the control of Yurgis Kairys.
Ladislav Bezák, a 1960s Czechoslovakian aerobatic pilot, is known in the world of aerobatics for being the first pilot to win the first world aerobatic championship held in Bratislava in September of 1960, and for being the creator of one of the most amazing and innovative maneuvers of those times; a manuever which, to this day, continues to be utilized by the best Freestyle pilots: the Lomcovák.