Area pilot Harvey Swift is seen climbing from his single-seat Pitts sport-aerobatic airplane Tuesday, July 18. The grin is this being the plane's first flight after Swift spent the previous six years building the airplane from plans.

The flight, 30 minutes over Holley Mountain Airpark, went as expected, Swift reported. “It's a very honest airplane,” he said. Plans are to continue flying the airplane before leaving in it Friday for a cross-country trip to the Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Swift is a 40 year aviator, having recently retired after 20 years as a pilot of Southwest Airlines. The Pitts is a well-regarded design, the first ones being built in 1944.