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Spartan College Staff and Students Restore Women’s International Aerobatic Championship Plane “Lil Stinker"

March 3, 2021

Spartan College Staff and Students Restore Women’s International Aerobatic Championship Plane “Lil Stinker"

Students and staff from Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology are volunteering their time to restore a Pitts Special aircraft. The aircraft is similar to an aircraft famous aerobatic aviator Betty Skelton flew named “Lil Stinker”. Betty Skelton won the Women’s International Aerobatic Championship three years in a row from 1948-1950. She has been inducted into 10 halls of fame and her original Lil Stinker Pitts now hangs in the Smithsonian Museum.  

 

As a tribute to Betty Skeleton, the Spirit of Flight Museum is working with Spartan College to rebuild a Pitts Special into a replica of Betty Skelton’s Lil Stinker. Watch the video from Chasing Planes to learn more about Skelton’s impact on the aviation industry and see the framework for the project. 

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