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Aircraft Construction - Pitts 14 Prototype

Fuselage Basic Structure Completed, Engine Arrives, Steve Culp Helps Out
Pitts 14 Prototype
Created: 12/10/2003
Updated: 04/08/2004
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Article by Mike Whaley
The first M14P engine from George Coy arrived in mid July, although shipping caused failure to the structure attaching the motor to the pallet (a seemingly very sturdy structure.) Fortunately, damage to the engine is minimal so we are able to forge ahead. Steve Culp (creator of the Culp Special) arrives for a week or so to help out, and among other things, he welds up the new motor mount. By the 22nd, the fuselage had gear legs, the whole structure had temporary paint to protect it from the weather, the engine had been mounted, seat backs and floor panels were installed, and the prototype was put on a trailer and wrapped up ready for the long drive to Oshkosh. Several folks have already climbed in and made airplane noises.

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The Rusky engine awaiting installation on the fuselage. Kinda like a good Ukrainian woman... "Strong like buuull - smart like traktor"...  
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Mike Hughes, Andy Friend and Paul Goetsch hang the engine. The bolts just slide in.  
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Paul honors the timeless tradition of getting in and trying things on for size at the earliest opportunity.  
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July 23, 2003: The Model 14's humble beginnings on the trailer to Oshkosh.  
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A layer of stretch wrap, then one of blankets, then a top coat of stretch wrap. Snug as a bug in a rug.  

Other entries in this series:
     Construction Begins    May 2003
     Fuselage Basic Structure    June 2003
      » Fuselage Basic Structure Completed, Engine Arrives, Steve Culp Helps Out    July 2003
     Pitts Model 14 Introduced at Oshkosh    4th week of July 2003
     Curtis Visits to Continue the Design, Wing Construction Begins    August 2003
     Wing Construction Underway    September 2003
     Lower Wing Basic Construction    October 2003
     Lower Wing Details and First Fuselage Formers    November 2003
     Fuselage Formers, Skin and Wing Details    December 2003
     Fuselage Side Panels and Upper Wing Construction    January 2004
     Wing-Root Fairings, Fuselage Skin Panels, and Upper Wing    February 2004
     Fuselage Side Panels, Wing Rigging, Engine Arrives    March 2004
     Sun N 'Fun 2004    April 2004
     Summer 2004 Status Update    May 2004
     Aluminum Turtledeck    1st week of June 2004
     Sheet Metal Work, AirVenture    4th week of June 2004
     Adjustable Seats, Part 1    August 2004
     Adjustable Seats, Part 2    December 2004
     Wings    December 2004
     Throttle Quadrant    December 2004
     Spring 2005    March 2005

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