Sunday, October 15, 2017

AVIATION: A different Type of Bugatti...



Before Thar were Flying Cars, it appears that the idea of using automobile engines wasn't pioneered by the Pond Racer...


As Aviation and Motor Racing once again collide spiritually this weekend at Mother Speedway. Which I've got ZERO clue if the dates were purposely chosen for when the second edition of the Red Bull Air Races at IMS would commence?

But it seemed Apropos to trot out this item I've been sitting on awhile now, since if Y'all haven't figured out the Air Races connection with History, it'll soon become apparent to Y'all.

Sometime last year when I was scouring thee Internetz' for the story link 'bout Charles Lindbergh having dropped his pliers in the Spirit of St Louis; Butterfingers! I somehow stumbled upon an article for which I'd never heard of before, which naturally Peaked my Attenzione.


Huh? What's that all about my mind wondered, before moving on to poond out other riveting No Fenders BLOB' stories...

Thus I've now come to learn that Ettore Bugatti had planned to build an Aeroplane to contest the 1939 Deutsch de la Meurthe Cup race, before the outbreak of war and subsequent Invasion of France permanently scuttled those plans!

As the aircraft in Questione is the relatively obscure Bugatti Model 100, or simply 100P, depending upon what source you read...

It was a purpose built Aeroplane which was designed to utilize two of Ettore's Straight-8 cylinder 50B engines inline, driving counter rotating propellers. With the motors apparently rated at 450bhp @4,500 RPM's.

While apparently the plane's motive power were to be two tandem 3.0-liter Supercharged units utilized in Grand Prix racing...

The unfinished 100P plane was carted off to the French countryside to hide in a Barn during World War II and went largely unremembered after Ettore's death in 1947, when some other 'lil 'Ol automobile company was being launched in Modena.

The Model 100 then went thru several hands before an American purchaser bought it solely in order to plunder it's 50B engines! Before later efforts to restore it were successful, with the plane now on static display in the EAA Museum in Osh Kosh, Wisconsin.

Yet this unique Aeroplane's lore saw the pursuit of a replica being created, which finally flew, before sadly, it's creator Scotty Wilson died upon what was to be the unique recreation's final flight before being donated to an unspecified museum last August...

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