The Model 12

The Pitts Model 12 is arguably the BEST biplane ever designed by the master himself, Curtis Pitts.
The Pitts Model 12 was specifically designed around the Russian Vedeneyev M14P/PF 360-400 HP radial engine.
Scroll down the page to learn more about this fantastic airplane and the people associated with it's development and sales.

Specifications

The Pitts Model 12 is a high performance biplane.
With tandem seating, the Model 12 fills the need for aerobatic performance as well as a nostalgic love of biplanes.
Here you can find all the technical specifications for the Plans Version, the HP Kit Version and the Model 12 S version.

Plans Version Model 12

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

  • Plans built
  • 2 seat tandem biplane
  • Fully aerobatic
  • Tube, wood, fabric construction
  • Powered by M14P/PF engine

DIMENSIONS

Span
23ft
Length
20ft 6in
Empty weight
1550lb
Gross weight
2550lb
Wing loading
14.9lb/sq.ft
Fuel
54 gallons
Baggage
40lb
 
 

PERFORMANCE

Cruise speed
170mph
Rate of climb
2900ft/min
Stall speed
64mph
Roll rate
240deg/sec
Range
500 mile
G limit
+6, -4.5 (+9, -7.5 ult)

HP Kit Version Model 12

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

  • Kit built
  • 2 seat tandem biplane
  • Fully aerobatic
  • Tube, wood, fabric construction
  • Powered by M14P/PF engine

DIMENSIONS

Span
22ft
Length
19ft 8in
Empty weight
1525lb
Gross weight
2250lb
Wing loading
15.3lb/sq.ft
Fuel
54 gallons
Baggage
40lb
Smoke
7 gallons

PERFORMANCE

Cruise speed
175mph
Rate of climb
3200ft/min
Stall speed
64mph
Roll rate
300deg/sec
Range
525 mile
G limit
+6, -4.5 (+9, -7.5 ult)

Model 12 S

GENERAL DESCRIPTION

  • Factory built by JKE
  • Single Seat Aerobatic Biplane
  • Carbon fiber and titanium
  • Special wings and ailerons
  • Tube, wood, fabric construction
  • Powered by M14PF engine

DIMENSIONS

Span
21ft
Length
19ft 8in
Empty weight
1400lb
Gross weight
1900lb
Wing loading
13.8lb/sq.ft
Fuel
36 gallons
Baggage
40lb
Smoke
12 gallons

PERFORMANCE

Cruise speed
175mph
Rate of climb
3800ft/min
Stall speed
62mph
Roll rate
370deg/sec
Range
350 mile
G limit
+8, -6 (+11, -9 ult)

How to buy Plans

Plans
Mail it to:
Jim Kimball Enterprises, Inc.
PO Box 849
5354 Cemetery Rd
Zellwood, FL USA 32798
Make check Payable to Jim Kimball Enterprises, Inc.
drawn in US funds on US bank.
Contact us for wire transfer payment details.

Kits & Components

The Pitts Model 12 is available to builders in the form of a high quality set of sub-kits.

The High Performance Kit version of the Pitts Model 12 incorporates several improvements to the basic design
in an effort to increase performance, pilot comfort and enhance aesthetics.
These High Performance Components are available along with assembly instructions for each sub kit.

See the kit pricing information below for more details.

Factory Built

The History

  1. ...pre 1903

    Mankind has the dream of flight with many chasing this dream in hope of true freedom that can only be found in the skies.

  2. 1903

    The wright Brothers finally get the job done. True homebuilders and pioneers, these guys changed the world forever.

  3. 1915

    Curtis H. Pitts was born not knowing how he would affect the lives of millions of people around the world.
    In 1938, a 16 year old Curtis Pitts stands proud of his machine.

  4. 1945

    The end of the second World War. Aviation had made huge advances during the war years.
    Now many people around the world would begin to take interest in general aviation and sport flying.

  5. 1945 - 22 August

    Curtis completes and flies the first Pitts "Special" which he had planned to call "Jeep" until he heard of the Art Chester Racer with that name.
    20 minute flight.
    Log comment "What a Day!"

  6. 1960's and 1970's

    Curtis designs and develops a series of single and two seat aerobatic biplanes eventually certifying versions of both.

  7. 1970 - 1989

    After seeing the new control system designs on aircraft such as the SU-26, Curtis starts to collect ideas for a possible new design utilizing some of this technology.
    Several people witness Curtis as he measures an SU-26 aileron during a world contest.

  8. 1991

    Curtis and a group of friends form a new company, Aero Design Eleven, and he designs the Model 11-260, a single seat Lycoming powered aerobatic biplane incorporating all that is has learned to date including his "Aerodynamically Boosted Ailerons." Construction of the model 11 begins.

  9. 1992

    In August of this year, Hurricane Andrew practically clears off all signs of civilization in South Florida including Homestead, the home of Curtis Pitts and Pitts Aviation Enterprises. Recovery take years.

  10. 1993 January

    In January of this year, Curtis completes the first 3 view drawing of a new design, the Model 12.

  11. 1993

    The prototype model 11 is completed by Curtis Pitts, Pat Ledford, Don Lovern, Bill Lancaster and Will Teft.
    The new airplane is dubbed "Super Stinker" in the tradition of many of the prototype designs Curtis created through the years.

  12. 1995

    In December of this year, the Pitts Model 12 is presented to a large group of Curtis' friends during his 80th Birthday party.
    At that time, the airplane had a nickname of "Bolshoi" in keeping with the Russian engine.
    With Curtis' permission, the Kimballs have already started building parts for their own model 12.

  13. 1996

    The now complete Pitts Model 12 is test flown in March and earns the nickname "Macho Stinker" again as part of the long line of Pitts prototypes.
    The name "Bolshoi" is no longer used.
    Professional pilot, airshow performer, and all around good guy Ben Morphew performs all acro test flights in the model 12 and decides he wants one and contacts the Kimballs to see if they will provide some of the components.

  14. 1998

    The Kimballs show their as yet unfinished Pitts Model 12 at Sun N Fun.
    The airplane attracts a huge amount of attention and it is clear the airplane will be popular.
    N80XP, the prototype Model 12 is sold to a buyer in Washington State.
    Development and sales of model 12 kit parts begins.

  15. 1999

    N69BM Serial #003 flies in February after being built by Ben Morphew.
    N360KJ Serial #002 flies after completion by the Kimballs.

  16. 2000 to present...

    Customers continue to build and complete Pitts Model 12 aircraft all over the world.

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