Day 5 of our Newcastle aircraft profile are the Wildcat aerobatics team who are making their Newcastle debut this weekend!
The Wildcat Team
Formed in 2010, Wildcat Aerobatics was created with the aim of promoting the amazing world of aerial sport flying and the more extreme elements of the leisure aviation industry. It does this primarily through the delivery of a crowd-thrilling formation aerobatic display that entertains hundreds of thousands of spectators every year at shows across the length and breadth of the country ranging from large-scale public events to much smaller private celebrations.
In addition, as a minor part of the overall activity of the team, Wildcat Aerobatics also provides introductory flights to people eager to experience the thrills of flying formation aerobatics. Through these exclusive activities, we aim to promote the team, its sponsors and attract new pilots to this most demanding and exciting of extreme sports.
Over the years, the team has developed a unique and excitingly choreographed airshow act that brings together unbelievably close-formation aerobatics with precision pairs synchronized flying. The display fleet is made up of a pair of iconic Pitts Special biplanes: proven crowd pleasers for over 65 years!
The Wildcat Pitts Special
The team use the Pitts S2 aircraft. The S2 has been used by teams in the US, Europe, Africa and the Far East and is a proven air display favourite. The biplane has a special appeal to airshow crowds and has been displaying in various guises since it’s unveiling at Homestead, Florida in 1946.
The aircraft was designed and built by aircraft engineer and keen aerobatic pilot Curtis Pitts – it proved to be so popular that it has been in constant production to this day, the factory now resides in Afton, Wyoming and in addition to building and supporting the S2 Pitts, they manufacture the Aviat Huskey.
The Pitts Special is the world’s leading high performance aerobatic biplane. In the USA the Pitts Special has won more unlimited-class aerobatic contests than any other aircraft type.
Check back tomorrow for another Newcastle Aircraft Profile
Info from Wildcats website & photo from Airwaves Portrush