EAA’s Unknown Alumnus – Hangar Flying

By David Watson, EAA Lifetime 837.

If you have ever read the history of the Pitts Special, you already know about Billy Williams’ airplane. Now take a few minutes and read what really happened…

I am David Watson, the youngest son of the late Bill Watson (the first EAA member No. 837). When I was a little kid, no more than five years old, I asked my dad “what kind of airplane was in our backyard shop?” He said, “It’s a Pitts Special, it’s the first homebuilt Pitts Special.” Those words have stuck with me for my entire life, so I have decided to tell the true story of the fourth Pitts Special. Everyone knows the story of the first three Pitts Specials, which were built, (and eventually sold) by Curtis Pitts. Following those three, many followers of the Pitts Special history believe that two airplanes built in the 1950s were the first homebuilt airplanes. One was built from drawings Curtis Pitts sold to a man in Tulsa, Oklahoma, named Billy Williams. The    other was built by associates of Curtis Pitts; this airplane was known as Mr. Muscles. The construction of Mr. Muscles most likely started in 1957 or ’58, and most believe it was the fourth Pitts Special to be finished and flown, since it’s documented in Sport Aviation, September 1960. But my dad…

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