A series of light aerobatic aircraft the Pitts Special has the capacity for two crew members. The Pitts Special is powered by a Textron Lycoming AEIO-540-D4A5 flat-six air cooled piston engine. The cruise speed is 152 knots (175 mph, 282 km/h), the stall speed is 52 knots (60 mph, 97 km/h), and aircraft should never exceed a speed of 182 knots (210 mph, 338 km/h). The empty weight is 1150 lb (521 kg) and the maximum takeoff weight is 1625 lb (737 kg).
Variant models include the S-1, S-1C, S-1D, S-1E, S-1F, S-1S, S1-SS, S-1T, S-1-11B, S-2, S-2A, S-2B, S-2C, S-2E, S-2S, and S-2SE.