"Many describe the Eagle inaccurately as a copy of the Pitts; however, there are no identical parts other than procured items like the engine, propeller, wheels, brakes, instruments, and so on. The wing size and airfoils are the same for both, but the Eagle has different ailerons and no dihedral in the lower wing, and the wood and metal structures are different. The Eagle has larger cockpit spaces with no aft instrument panel and a further aft CG to allow tighter aerobatic turning. The Eagle tail surfaces are a different shape and size with a different hinge design. The Eagle has a clean aluminum landing gear strut, whereas the Pitts has high-drag panel struts with bungee suspension. There are many other significant physical differences too numerous to mention. Pilots generally agree that the Eagle is faster with less drag and is lighter on the controls. It has a higher roll and pitch rate in aerobatics, and visibility and ground handling is significantly better. Equally important, the Eagle is better looking with its dramatic paint design, integrated canopy, clean landing gear and more streamlined shape.