Pitts Special S-1 and Christen Eagle II aerobatic aircraft

In the transition between the hangars, there was a small display of sports and acrobatic aircraft.
The Pitts Special S-1 biplane was designed by American Curtis Pitts (9/12/1915 - 10/06/2005) and made its first flight back in 1944.

Helsinki-Vantaa Air Museum. Acrobatic aircraft Pitts Special S-1

Thanks to its incredible maneuverability, the aircraft quickly gained popularity and has been a world leader in aerial acrobatics for half a century. The biplane is produced by Aviat to this day in modifications with engines from 180 to 450 HP. Produced and a two-seat version (S-2), designed for training pilots. The length of the aircraft is 5.71 meters, the wingspan is 6.1 m, the empty weight is 521 kg, the maximum flight weight is 737 kg. The aircraft has a cruising speed of 282 km/h, and the afterburner can accelerate up to 338 km/h. The plane is kept in the air at a minimum speed of 97 km/h, which allows you to perform spectacular tricks. The maximum flight altitude is 6,400 meters, the rate of climb is 900 meters per minute, and the flight range is 513 kilometers.

Helsinki-Vantaa Air Museum. Acrobatic aircraft Pitts Special S-1

Another aircraft produced by Aviat, the Christen Eagle II, designed by Frank Christensen, has been produced since 1977. This is the most popular Amateur aircraft of this century. Length biplane 5.46 meters, a wingspan of 6.07 meters, empty weight/maximum take-off 465/716 kg. The 200 horsepower engine provides an average speed of up to 296 km/h, a climb rate of 700 meters per minute and a flight altitude of 5180 meters. The flight range is 610 km.

Helsinki-Vantaa Air Museum. Aviat Christen Eagle II, aerobatic aircraft