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Project Log
Aircraft Construction - Pitts 14 Prototype

Curtis Visits to Continue the Design, Wing Construction Begins
Pitts 14 Prototype
Created: 12/10/2003
Updated: 05/10/2004
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Article by Mike Whaley
 
Curtis visited us after Oshkosh to continue working through the details of the design. He was tickled to see the progress and the fuselage sitting on the gear.

The wing construction was started. Began producing CNC rib jigs and built a number of ribs.


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August 15: Curtis with the prototype fuselage, just after Oshkosh... a proud papa if we ever saw one!  
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The the seat backs and floorboards are temporary to get a feel for seat geometeries and ergonometrics.  
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The mount for the removable vertical fin. Different, interchangeable profiles of the vertical and horizontal surfaces will be offered in the future, to suit different applications and aesthetics.  

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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