Originally Posted by luddite42
The wind may have been a slight factor, but I think the above is what actually sums it up. A Pitts at full power generates a lot of prop wash over a powerful rudder. Would take a helluva quartering tailwind to take this away. A "light quartering tailwind" won't do it. He had other issues going with that take off.
We had a Pitts for 19 years. It was the most powerful rudder *by far* of any airplane I've ever flown. Couple that with a significant amount of gyroscopic stability at full power and it was not the monster people claim it to be. Something else was going on. Had it happened on landing, I'd be more inclined to blame the wind.
Otoh, I generally agree with the original post. Quartering tailwinds can be a challenge for sure given the right (wrong?) airplane - especially during a wheel landing. Something to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to three point it.