Pitot (pronounced Pee-toe) tubes are used for measuring the speed of aircraft through the air.

The faster the plane goes through the air, the greater the impact pressure measured within the tube.  The reading depends on the altitude, so a pilot must account for that fact.

Pitot tubes on aircraft are heated in order to prevent ice build-up within the tube.  Sad to say, some tragic crashes have occurred because the pilot had no way to read the speed, owing to a frozen Pitot tube.


These photographs are all taken at the museum.  Keep your eyes open for these and other Pitot tubes.


The Pitot tube shown below is used to measure the air speed of the leaf blower.

The STEM project at Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum


Pueblo Historical Aircraft Society
31001 Magnuson Ave. - Pueblo, Co. 81001
(719) 948-9219