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Bugatti 100P Reproduction to Highlight EAA Wright Brothers Banquet

Bugatti 100P
Learn all about the Bugatti 100P project when Scotty Wilson speaks at EAA's Wright Brothers Banquet December 13 in Oshkosh.

Scott Wilson
Photo courtesy of TulsaPeople magazine

October 31, 2013 - The effort to re-create one of aviation history's most beautiful but unproven designs will be the highlight presentation at EAA's annual Wright Brothers Memorial Banquet on Friday, December 13, at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh. This year's banquet will commemorate the 110th anniversary of the Wright brothers' first successful powered flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

Join us as Scotty Wilson, EAA 572551, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, describes his quest to build a full-scale, flyable reproduction of the Bugatti 100P racer. The only example of the aircraft, which is currently part of EAA's museum collection, was designed by legendary automobile maker Ettore Bugatti. It was Bugatti's only aircraft design, built in 1938-39 for an attempt to set the world speed record. As World War II began in Europe, the aircraft was hidden in France to keep it from falling into the Nazis' possession and was never flown. Bugatti died in 1947, having never seen his creation fly.

The original, futuristic-looking aircraft - considered by many the most elegant airplane design ever - passed through several owners before it was donated to EAA in 1994. It went on permanent display in the EAA AirVenture Museum in 1996 following an exterior restoration.

Wilson, a retired U.S. Air Force pilot, began the re-creation project in 2009 by measuring the original Bugatti 100P on display in Oshkosh. His project team then began a painstaking reverse-engineering process to discover the methods and technology used by Bugatti in the original design, which had an estimated top speed of 500 mph. There are no known plans from the airplane's construction and only a few relevant drawings that exist.

The project team has completed much of the construction, and the airplane made its initial roll-out on October 25 - not ready to fly yet but structurally complete. First test flight is anticipated by early 2014.

Following Wilson's presentation, attendees can participate in a special Q&A session about the project.

Tickets to the banquet are $50 for EAA members and guest, $60 for non-members/guest, and include the reception, full-service dinner, and evening program. Reserve your tickets online or call 920-426-6823.

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