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Old Sep 19, 2008, 09:44 PM
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Originally Posted by hercdriver7777
Not to say anyone is right or wrong in that argument but a monoplane would be the most antiquated aerobatic aircraft seeing as how aerobatics were invented by a guy bailing out of one one and watching it complete a full loop without him at the controls. He then later took up another Bleriot X1 monoplane and did a loop with himself actually in the aircraft.

Because of the brittle design of a monoplane aerobatics became the sole stomping grounds of biplanes during the early years of barnstorming and combat.

During WWII monoplanes gained favor as military aircraft because of the increased speed and range that they provide, but soon after the war the Pitts Special Biplane, the first ever aircraft specifically designed for aerobatics, became the most widely used performance aerobat and airshow workhorse.

The Pitts was followed by the Christen Eagle in the 70s and then the Ultimates and so forth. Today one of the best aerobatic shows in the world is Sean Tucker with his Oracle Biplane.
He does an upright harrier at the end of this vid (cool!)

So, a biplane wouldn't make sense for a jet airliner needing speed and range but for an aerobatic aircraft, biplanes have a long tradition of being top performers.
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