"I found the Skybolt to be a very straightforward aircraft..."
"I flew Hale Wallace's 260hp fixed pitch Skybolt in 1982. The ailerons were quite light and produced a roll rate that was equal to the Pitts S2-A. The elevators were also light and well harmonized... Running through a series of maneuvers such as loops, Immelmann turns, vertical rolls and other aerobatics went very well indeed. I was pleasantly surprised when I found I was able to fly the 6000ft length of the Rock Hill airport at knife edge finishing off by rolling inverted and pushing outside up to a 1/2 outside loop.
In conclusion, I found the Skybolt to be a very straightforward aircraft. The takeoff was easy requiring very little right rudder. The airplane lifted off by itself at about 80 mph. The landing was easier than the Pitts due to superior visibility. In the 3 point position, the airplane rolled straight ahead and did not exhibit the ground challenges that are characteristic of the Pitts."
by Jim Holland
Airshow pilot and WWII fighter pilot