Vintage Pitts photos

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  1. Jan 29, 2017 #1

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    Hello all,
    For the past many years I have been collecting old, vintage aircraft photos and color slides. My main focus, in order to not go fully into the rabbit hole and have my special lady friend kick me out, has been local aviation history stuff (Hudson Valley, NY), and "interesting and unique" vintage and classic planes. I find old photos and especially old color slides to be just about as close as you can get to time travel. Having a lifetime love and obsession with Pitts aircraft, I have, at this point, quite a few photos and slides of Pitts, usually of the homebuilt S-1C variety, from the 60s - 80s.

    So, I figured I'd start a thread and see if anyone was interested. Hopefully some of you can post photos you may have. The ultimate goal? Have one spot for a collection of photos of Pitts through the decades....maybe even get a photo of every one ever built! Now thats a goal!

    Anyway, I'll start with these.
    These are scans of color slides I have from the early-mid 1960s.

    Enjoy!

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    Here are some scans from slides I got my hands on of the 1977 Sussex (NJ) Airshow. They were promoting the film "Cloud Dancer" and the Cloud Dancer Pitts was flying with the "Red Devils." Love these....

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    pete, good idea, great pictures. Bring it on.
     
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    Love them!
     
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    I guess this would be the second N8M. The first was Pitts #3/Caro Bailey, then this one, of Paul Musso and Dick Blair, and then finally the current N8M which is Ted Teach's replica of the #3 Pitts.

    Finally there is Dawson Ransome's S-1S that is now in at NASM.

    These photos are from the Reading Airshow, 1972

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    Here is an S-2A. (Thats not an S-2S is it?) The slide is labeled 1976. Quite a groovy paint scheme. I don't know anything further. N31A.

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    Bill Thomas' old N55BT. At the time this slide was taken it was being flown by a Tom Adams. No further info. Nothing written on the slide.

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    Rockford 1968 written on these slides. A couple machines here from a previous post! N314M is a handsome S-1C!

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    The Bill Thomas Pitts is the S-1T built by Curtis in Homestead along with two others before the airplane was certified. That's the only S-1T I have flown, thanks Tom for the opportunity! This airplane replaced Bill's Homestead-built S-1S which was also N55BT when it was built.
     
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    Bill,
    Thanks for that!! I should have seen it was a T and not his earlier S!!
    Posting that scan has already paid off!!
    Thanks!
     
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    No info on these slides. I wish I could see the N# on the S-1C on the right of the S-2A. Funky scheme....maybe someone recognizes it?

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    Love This! Keep em coming!
     
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    Great Stuff!!
    12JJ and 1411 were Dean Case built airplanes. He built at least one other, I think several. N1411 is the only one that I know that still exists.
    I have crossed paths with almost all of the airplanes you have posted. The notable exception is the Dick Blair airplane. I have known Dick since the 60's. He is still actively flying in his 80's. I also knew the late Paul Musso.
    I got to know Dawson Ransome a bit. I worked on his Bucker and Super Cup. I did the initial test flight on the Bucker after the Lycoming 180 conversion and complete rebuild.
    Dick Blair built a Skybolt, Christen Eagle, and S1S among others.
    If you look closely in the one Rockford photo you can see Fr. McGiiivary's rare DeHaviland?? monoplane being chased by Ray Hegy in El Chuperosa. El C is in EAA Museum VERY BADLY neglected. EAA sold off the DH.
    Where in the Hudson Valley. I was at Kobelts and Orange County at various times. Lived in Middletown and Pine Bush.
    PM me your address and I'll see what I can dig up for photos. If you want to expand this a bit I have a few photos of other biplanes.
     
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    This is the original N55BT which became N6CQ, shown here at Thompson Drag Strip (Ohio) in '77 or '78. I flew this airplane in competition from '76-'78.

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    Always liked the way Dean Case did his"I" struts. Graceful curves instead of the more angular look.
     
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    Hi Jim!!
    WOW!! You knew em all!! I'll PM you re. Hudson Valley stuff. Here are some other biplane slides from Rockford, just to throw em out there......

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    Oh...we can't forget a Jungmeister right? Again, Rockford 1968.

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    I used to see the Pretty Prairie at local fly ins. It used to back fire a lot through those short stacks. Thats what I remember the most about it.
     
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    These are from the same batch of slides as my first post. Earlier 1960s Rockford. These are for you Jim!
    Ok...back to Pitts now!

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    Miniplane N88C was one of 5 built all at the same time in Wichita. It was very nice airplane. I know where it is now but the current owner let the N number go by not keeping the registration up. In this pic it looks like its parked next to Tommy George N1127, one of the other five.
     
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