EL CENTRO, CA – Spencer Suderman, Valencia, CA, set a Guinness World Record Thursday, March 13, at NAF El Centro, California.
â€œLike Superman with a d,â€ said Suderman, beaming with pride.
In his custom Pitts Special bi-plane, Suderman recorded the most inverted flats spins in one aircraft around 11:00 a.m.
The record was 78 turns set in 1999. That record held for 15 years until Suderman and his striking red and black Pitts made history.
â€œI had 3 cameras record the event inside the cockpit,â€ said Suderman. â€œIf it wasnâ€™t recorded, it didnâ€™t happen.Â This was my third attempt. In 2011, I got 64 turns. I tried again last December and I got 77 turns. Just 2 short! I did some modifications and today I was successful.â€
Suderman and his crew were elated.
Speaking between phone calls to friends, competitors, and his sponsors, Suderman said, â€œIâ€™ve got to call the planeâ€™s engine manufacturer and tell them they had a part in a world record.â€
â€œWeâ€™ll take the paperwork that the judges filled out and the videos to Guinness and it will be recorded,â€ said Suderman. â€œI started the maneuver at 23 thousand feet. Iâ€™ll start my air show with this maneuver, just not as high. Iâ€™ve been chasing this record for a long time. Iâ€™m happy and Iâ€™m glad itâ€™s over. I challenge anyone to beat my record. Iâ€™ve got some new modifications up my sleeve Iâ€™m itching to try.â€