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Our new project: The Pitts Model 12

The Pitts model 12 was designed by Curtis Pitts starting in 1993. The Pitts Model 12 is a biplane built using fabric covered welded steel tubing for the fuselage, and fabric covered wings with wood spars. The leading edge is made of formed plywood. The landing gear is solid aluminum.

General characteristics

• Capacity: 2
• Length: 20 ft 6 in (6.25 m)
• Wingspan: 23 ft (7.0 m)
• Empty weight: 1,550 lb (703 kg)
• Gross weight: 2,250 lb (1,021 kg)
• Fuel capacity: 54 gal (204 l)
• Powerplant: 1 × Vedeneyev M14P/PF , 360 hp (270 kW)
• Propellers: 3-bladed MT Propeller

Performance

• Cruise speed: 148 kn; 274 km/h (170 mph)
• Stall speed: 56 kn; 103 km/h (64 mph)
• Rate of climb: 2,900 ft/min (15 m/s)

Greg Connell returns from his flight in the Pitts Model 12 during the Shaw Air Expo 2012 at Shaw Air Force Base, May 4, 2012. Connell's performance includes numerous air aerobatic maneuvers which included high climbs and flat spins. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Tabatha McCarthy/released)