The Pitts S-1-11B "Super Stinker"

Super Stinker
Super Stinker 1 of the Black Hawk Aerobatic Team--photo by Don Browning for the May 1997 Sport Aerobatics

Super Stinker Side View

"I returned from Curtis' place in Homestead, FL at 0100 hours this morning and I can honestly say I don't remember the last time an airplane kept me awake. At 0300 hours I was lying in bed staring at the ceiling, while my mind's eye watched that long nose whip around a totally blurred horizon, or hang effortlessly from an invisible moon, while I waited for it to get slow enough to hammerhead.

 I also don't remember the last time I wanted to own an airplane as badly as I wanted to own that one. Actually I do too remember. It was after flying the prototype S-2 Pitts....

 I wasn't even out of the pattern and I was seriously in love. This wasn't just another airplane and I could already tell it. If I didn't do a single roll or loop, just what I had already sampled on the takeoff told me Curtis had once again worked his magic."-Budd Davisson
Super Stinker
  • Engine: AEIO-540-D4A5 
  • Horsepower: 300 HP 
  • Fuel Capacity: 35 U.S. Gallons 
  • Weight 
    • Empty Weight: 1090 lbs 
    • Aerobatic Gross Weight: 1350 lbs 
    • Gross Weight: 1500 lbs 
  • Airspeeds 
    • Stall: 64 MPH 
    • Cruise: 187 MPH 
    • Max Speed: 208 MPH 
    • Never Exceed: 229 MPH 
  • Rate of Climb: 4000+ fpm 
  • Rate of Roll: 360+ deg/sec