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Project Log
Aircraft Construction - Pitts 14 Prototype

Wings
Pitts 14 Prototype
Created: 04/07/2005
Updated: 11/18/2005
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Article by Mike Whaley
 
The wings are progressing. During the hurricane period when there was a very limited amount of work that could be done, we did what we could... John made some durable female molds of the wingtips. We will be offering lightweight and durable fiberglass wingtips (all wingtips will be identical and interchangeable.)

Other areas that we've worked on are improving the mechanical aspects of fabricating the parts. For example, we can often combine two or more smaller individual parts into an equivalent single part that can be easily cut out on the router. We have also been able to refine certain part's shapes to allow for a little more clearance so that another part can be put into place more easily. All the drawings are done in CAD, which we then use to cut most of the parts out on our CNC machining equipment. Therefore, improvements can be made very rapidly and if the nature of the revision warrants it, we can generate a revised part quickly to use on the prototype.

As you view these photos (taken in late 2004) please bear in mind that this is just a snapshot of a work in progress. The wing structure will be refined further before the plane actually flies, and parts of what you see here will be, or have already been, changed to improve the aircraft or building process in some way.


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Lower left wing, December 2004  
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Lower left wing, December 2004  
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Lower left wing, December 2004  
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Lower left wing, December 2004  
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Lower left wing, December 2004  
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Lower left wing, December 2004  
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Lower left wing, December 2004  
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Lower left wing, December 2004  
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Lower left wing, December 2004  
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Lower left wing, December 2004  
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Lower left wing, December 2004  
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Lower left wing, December 2004  
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Lower left wing, December 2004  
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Lower left wing, December 2004  
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Lower left wing, December 2004  
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Lower left wing, December 2004  
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Lower right wing, December 2004  
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Lower right wing, December 2004  
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Lower right wing, December 2004  
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Lower right wing, December 2004  
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Upper left wing, December 2004  
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Upper left wing, December 2004  
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Upper right wing, December 2004  
 
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Wingtip molds, August 2004  
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Wingtip molds, August 2004  
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Wingtip molds, August 2004  
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Wingtip molds, August 2004  
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Wingtip molds, August 2004  
     

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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