Wednesday, August 24, 2016

it was a noble attempt, and a fortune spent, but the Bugatti 100P replica crashed, and is utterly destroyed.

The 100P is an unusual 1930s design that was the vision of Ettore Bugatti, who hoped to race the plane and perhaps sell the design as a potent French fighter. It promised record speeds from a combination of supercharged Grand Prix engines, contra-rotating propellers and forward-swept wings. But Germany’s invasion of France at the outset of WWII forced Bugatti to hide the 100P in a barn in the French countryside before it could ever be flown. It was rediscovered in the 1970s, brought to America and now resides in the EAA museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, having never taken flight.

Wilson, an Air Force veteran with more than 11,000 hours of flight time in everything from F-16s to corporate jets, hoped to reverse engineer Bugatti’s airplane. Wilson and his team reportedly spent more than $400,000 and 10,000 man hours to build the replica, which sorted out brake problems on it's first landing,

had a trouble free 2nd test flight, but on it's 3rd, took a left turn power dive and ... well. That is the end.

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