Thursday, January 1, 2009

Little Stinker - the oldest Pitt Special still in existence

Jan 1, 1948. Betty Skelton won her first International Feminine Aerobatic Championship at the 16th annual Miami All-American Air Maneuvers. (She'd also win it in 1950.)

The plane she flew both times was the Little Stinker , the second Pitt Special to be built.

Betty sold the plane in 1951, when she decided to try her hand at car racing. She and her husband, Donald Frankman, reacquired the plane after a few years and in 1985 donated it to the Smithsonian Museum.

Little Stinker is still in existence (the oldest Pitt Special to still be intact) now on exhibit at the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

Sources:
http://www.nasm.si.edu/exhibitions/gal104/aerochamps/index.cfm
http://www.powderpuffpilot.com/todayinhistory.php

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