Aerobatic pilot Bryan Jensen was killed yesterday when his highly-modified Pitts Model 12 biplane impacted the ground during the Kansas City Air Show. Bryan Jensen was a very experienced pilot with 23,000 hours of flight time. When not flying as an airline captain, he was performing aerobatics at airshows. The causes of the crash are not known.
Jensen’s biplane was a Pitts, known as “The Beast”. It was converted to a single-seater and used a Russian Vedeneyev M14P engine that gave it a thrust-to-weight ratio superior to 1.