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#1 Posted: 7/30/2010 08:03:59

I finally did it...I purchased my rubber chicken "Pitot Cover" at the IAC Vickie Cruse new home in OSH....


Looking at that ugly thing made me start questioning who's original idea it was? How did it became popular among acro pilots? Why? Significance?


This could be a good story for our magazine if anyone knows more about it...



N202MK Giles 202 S/N 11 Owner
#2 Posted: 8/4/2010 07:28:45

Rubber Chicken anyone....


If it taste like chicken................

N202MK Giles 202 S/N 11 Owner
Neal Miller
IAC Member
#3 Posted: 8/5/2010 11:10:55

I can think of several possibilitiess.



The buffet chicken found at many contest locations affordable to pilots with airplanes to feed...

A symbol of the confidence one sometimes feels immediately before their turn in the box...

Some of flying one sees at competitions is certainly reminiscent of a chicken's flying abilities...

Any other suggestions?

Terrifying Flying Service. If you fly with us once, you'll never fly with anyone else.
#4 Posted: 8/12/2010 10:25:05

Guess no one knows how did the chicken in the Pitot started...  interesting if we ever find out how it became a trend among Aerobatic flyers.


BTW   " Terrifying Flying Service. If you fly with us once, you'll never fly with anyone else."   LOL!!

N202MK Giles 202 S/N 11 Owner
Pete Chestnut
IAC MemberVintage Aircraft Association Member
#5 Posted: 8/25/2010 09:49:11


I wass given a squirrel for my Stearman pitot tube. Why? the guys at Galesburg thought since they gave a Florida Sate cop a Pig for his Stearman that I might have a squirrel. 


Perhaps the chicken is to signfy that your flying machine is fast enough to fly up a chicken's rear end?????


Regards, Pete

Jim Klick
IAC MemberAirVenture Volunteer
#6 Posted: 8/25/2010 11:40:17

Those with rubber chicken pitot covers must beware of the rubber aligator pitot covers.

I parked next to this edge at the Hoosier Hoedown and look what happened.

Jim Klick


Craig Christopher
IAC Member
#7 Posted: 8/25/2010 14:21:38

Well I heard that back in Nebraska a fellow was doing his demo flight for his FAI Low Level endorsement, and the FAA guy complained that he couldn't see the bottom of the routine because a farm was in the way, so the guy goes back up and does it again and lands with the chicken on his pitot. Think they said he got his card'?).