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PITTS/RICE SC-1 SPECIAL – N66Y

The SC-1 was built by Dick Rice in Kennett, Missouri. Dick was a B-24 combat pilot in World War II and a farmer and crop duster after the war. One of Dick’s hobbies was restoring antique aircraft and building airplanes from scratch.

Dick obtained the plans for a Pitts S-1 Special, but did not build it exactly according to the specifications. The cowling, baffling, and exhausts were adjusted to fit the modified airframe. A .75-gallon header fuel tank was installed on the floorboard under the main 18-gallon tank behind the firewall. A Bendix PS5C carburetor and Associated fuel valves, lines, and vents were also installed. The SC-1 featured a baggage compartment behind the seat. The Special was powered by a 180 hp Lycoming Model HO-360-B1B engine. Dick finished the airplane in February of 1963, and the modified Special flew for the first time on February 19 that year.

Shortly after the test flight, Dick sold the SC-1 to Bob Herendeen. Bob flew the Special in aerobatic competitions and air shows through the 1960s and 1970s. From 1966 until 1970, Bob was a member of the US Aerobatic Team and in 1966 and 1969 he was named US Aerobatic Champion. Bob won Silver and Bronze medals in the world competition. In addition to competitions, Bob became legendary on the air show circuit, noted for his total mastery of the Pitts Special. Bob’s act was a fixture in the daily air shows at the convention in Oshkosh each year.

After its long aerobatic career with Bob Herendeen, the SC-1 was acquired by M. H. Spinks, who donated the aircraft to the EAA AirVenture Museum in 1980.

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