N112PP The Python built by Jim Kimball Enterprises
The 30th Pitts Model 12 to fly
The Python is significant because it is the first special light-weight high performance version of the Pitts Model 12. Known as the Model 12S, a single seat airplane with large ailerons and special tail feathers. A weight reduction of 150lb was accomplished though the use of carbon fiber and titanium materials where possible. With a 400hp M14PF engine and 102" diameter MT prop, the Python produces over 1800 lb of static thrust for its 1427 lb empty weight. The paint scheme and logo designs on the Python were created by Mirco Pecorari of Aircraft Studio Design in Italy which began a great partnership innovative aeronautical design. First flight of the Python was flown by Ben Morphew on March 21, 2006.