The red 1993 Pitts S-1S bi-plane raced over Warrenton-Fauquier Airport Friday in preparation for this weekend’s East Coast Aerobatic Contest.
The plane, with a top speed of 200 MPH, was flown by Glen Becker, a military family financial coach/planner, out of Annapolis. He is part of the local chapter of the International Aerobatic Club, which will be sending competitors to the national aerobatic competition in Oshkosh, Wisconsin in two weeks.
Pilots will be flying hammerhead stalls, Cuban 8s, spins, Immelmanns, and all manner of loops and rolls.
Bill Finagin, a competitor, airshow performer and aerobatic coach, is the chief judge for the event. Also, five- time world champion, Sergei Boriak, is here coaching during the practice sessions.
The contest kicked off Saturday morning with a briefing by the chief judge and flights commenced at 9 a.m. The event, open to the public, continues Sunday.