RON DUPAS COLLECTION
No. 936. Pitts S-1C Special (N43JW c/n JW1)
Photographed at Evergreen Airfield, Vancouver, Washington, USA, August 1972, by Ron Dupas

 Pitts S-1C Special

Built by Wiles, first flown in 1971.

From Aviation Safety Data Base:

"Accident occurred Wednesday, July 22, 1998 at Yelm, Washington, USA
Aircraft: Wiles S1-C, registration: N43JW
Injuries: 1 Uninjured
The pilot stated to FAA inspectors that he ran out of fuel while on a cross-country flight and he initiated a forced landing into a field about 1 mls (1.6 km) from his final destination. He noted that he had approximately 12 gal (54 l) of fuel on board when he departed, and that he had overflown a planned intermediate stop. When he realized he would have to make an off-airport landing, he selected a hay field about 1 mls (1.6 km) north of the airport, touched down and got into some tall grass. The airplane nosed over onto its back, sustaining substantial damage."

Created November 5, 2001