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Pitts Wanted

acroeric

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I made the mistake of selling my Pitts S-1C before finding an acceptable S-1S to replace it with. I've seen everything advertised on the internet currently.

I would love to find a factory built stock S-1S or a S-1E built from factory kits. I am looking for a very nice airplane.

-Factory built fuselage (Experimental is fine)
-Recent fabric
-Reputable engine, low time
-Solid flange crankshaft
-Pitts wings (No Sparcraft)
- IO-360 (parallel valve preferred)

I'm an experienced Pitts pilot/ mechanic and cash buyer. Thanks!
Eric Minnis
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There's a factory S-1S in upstate NY, N2999. I read that it was the first S-1S off the production line in Afton Wyoming. Pretty sure the engine and airframe have about 800 hours, don't know about the fabric though. The owner is asking 36k.
 

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Do you have any contact info? Have not seen that one. Thanks!
 

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Eric,
Mine is not factory build and has Sparcraft wings but it looks great and is a blast to fly..
 

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There are lots of good homebuilts out there for sure. I bought N21JF from Rick Rice and it was one of the best flying Pitts I've ever flown and was a homebuilt. It is currently getting restored and will sport Wolf wings, Cowling, and lots of mods that I have designed here.
I know that one day I would just like to have a perfectly restored factory built- or at least factory component stock S-1S that was restored perfectly in addition to my modified S-1S.
Having at least 2 Pitts is the end goal. For whatever reason I can sit and just stare at these things for hours.
 

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There's a factory S-1S in upstate NY, N2999. I read that it was the first S-1S off the production line in Afton Wyoming. Pretty sure the engine and airframe have about 800 hours, don't know about the fabric though. The owner is asking 36k.
I'd be curious as to the "factory build" provenance on this one as it is listed in the experimental category. The manufacturer is listed as "Andersen" and is ser# 0001 built in 1973. Could this possibly be as in Herb Andersen? The Aerotek factory built S-1S models have a serial # format of 1-xxxx. It appears the first one, ser# 1-0001 is N9JT and was also built in 1973.

Is Herb Andersen still alive? I found a picture of him online in reference to an award he received in 2010. I'll bet he could write an interesting book about his time managing the factory. It's a story I'd love to hear for sure.
 

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I'd be curious as to the "factory build" provenance on this one as it is listed in the experimental category. The manufacturer is listed as "Andersen" and is ser# 0001 built in 1973. Could this possibly be as in Herb Andersen? The Aerotek factory built S-1S models have a serial # format of 1-xxxx. It appears the first one, ser# 1-0001 is N9JT and was also built in 1973.

Is Herb Andersen still alive? I found a picture of him online in reference to an award he received in 2010. I'll bet he could write an interesting book about his time managing the factory. It's a story I'd love to hear for sure.
http://www.biplaneforum.com/showthread.php?t=11468
found this..looks like you're right :cool:
 

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I had emailed regarding this plane a couple weeks ago and the seller sent a spec sheet that said it was built as experimental by Herb Andersen and that it was the first S-1S from Afton. It said Lycoming records were that the engine was shipped to Afton.

I was surprised as the "for sale" ad made no mention of it being SN 1 or the first of anything. Just said S-1S...

I wondered the same thing as PittsBird about the SN?
 

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I suspect it was a 'prototype' to verify the tooling and the production process. Just a guess.
 

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Sorry about that guys, I heard "first off the production line in Afton, Wyoming" and assumed that it was a factory bird.
 

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N9JT was indeed the first production S-1S, and was owned by another pilot based out of Lewis where I'm at. When Jim put it up for sale a couple years ago, he was hoping that there might be some interest on the part of the factory, as they were getting ready to put the S-1S back into production. Steve Wolf came up to pick up the aircraft to fly it to the new owner, and unfortunately I got there as he was climbing out of the pattern with the airplane so I didn't get a chance to meet him.
 

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