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Project Log
Aircraft Construction - Pitts 14 Prototype

Wing Construction Underway
Pitts 14 Prototype
Created: 12/10/2003
Updated: 04/08/2004
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Article by Mike Whaley
 
Taking long strides on the lower wing construction. Built jigs for the wingtip bows, and produced the first set of bows. Well along with rib construction. During the process, revised plans in CAD as small issues were discovered (mostly interference tweaks, nothing major.)


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You need a LOT of clamps to build wooden airplane wings! Here, laminated wingtip bows and laminated capstrips are being formed. (Later, we started forming the capstrips as sheets, and sawing them into strips afterwards.)  
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John Hollister holds a rib in the Steen Aero woodshop... John does really nice work.  

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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