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Pitts S1X Sunbird

DanTerzian

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Sunbird is listed for sale on Barnstormers under Pitts heading. I love the performance but the plane is not a good fit for me. I no longer have ready access to a mechanic familiar with a Pitts and I am not very good at (and don't enjoy) doing it myself. Consequently, I find it quite frustrating.

Briefly, it is a beefed up S1 with an IO540 and MT 3 bladed prop + lightspeed ignition and other stuff aimed at keeping it light and improving performance. It is the plane used by Spencer Suderman to set the current inverted spin record.

I have $70k invested but want to sell it and don't expect to get it out. Anyone who is sincerely interested with a reasonable offer will own it. You can call me at 530-227-1441 or email [email protected] to discuss.

The plane and I are currently located @ KPSP. For the life of me, I couldn't figure out how to change location from San Luis Obispo in my personal info. Cheers.
 
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lanceav8r

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Dan Rhin is still around. Didn't he design it?
 
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Sunbird is a Dahn Rihn original design that started, on paper, with the Pitts configuration. Mr Rihn did 3 or 4 biplanes like Sunbird before moving on to the One Design monoplane.

There is a video on You-Tube of Spencer Suderman's first flight in the airplane as a ferry pilot. The airplane got his full attention. I think he was exclaiming that he was at 5000' AGL not far from the end of the runway.

Not for the faint of heart, but looks like a great ride for the right person.

Best of luck,

Wes
 

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Yes. Dan Rihn did design it. And there are no problems with the design; it is a piece of art. My issue as I said in my prior post is that I am not good at dealing with what others would consider fun or routine: chasing oil leaks, electrical issues, etc. Keep in mind that the basic airplane was built in the late 1980's and started flying in 1990. Things just come up and I don't have a reliable mechanic or a mechanically inclined partner to work with me on it.

But as for the flying characteristics of the plane, they are unbelievable. I can assure you Spencer was not exaggerating. Takeoffs are really quite simple. Because I am a little concerned about the limited ground clearance on the prop, I simply keep the stick all the way back and give it full throttle to take off and it literally leaps off the ground in a few seconds; then I ease off on the back pressure and the bank angle is still ridiculous. No complaints about any of the flying or landing quality.

Anyhow, I will continue to chase gremlins and the end is in sight. I may want to move on to something else, but I am not going to neglect the plane.

Cheers.
 

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Rory Moore is a few hangars down from me. He had one of Dan's Pitts derivatives. I think he called it the Gosshawk. Unfortunately it was crashed at some point by someone else. I think they were scud running in it and hit a mountain near the Cajon Pass north east of LA.
 

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There is so much information in that article. The Sabre from what I understand was developed by Zivko into the Edge 540. It was a different airplane not Rory's that was crashed while scud running. I'm not sure of the details of The Goshawk crash.
 

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The Awesome Lady sounds pretty awesome. A IO-720 in a single place Pitts is an impressive combination. Anyone have any details on the plane? I imagine that crank flexes quite a bit during acro.
 

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Doug Dodge out of Bay City, MI built, owns, and flys "Machaira". Same design and lineage I believe. . Amazing airplane.
 

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Ive looked at this sunbird on barnstormers. I'd love to have something like this someday but its about double my price range right now. good luck on selling such a unique plane
 

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How does the sunbird compare to an airplane such as the Oracle Challenger III
 

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Challenger and Prometheus are evolutions of what Dan Rihn started with his muscle biplanes.
Sunbird should have a similar power to weight, but wing, aileron and tail technology have improved from where Sunbird was designed.
If I had the pocket full needed, I'd be on it.
 
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