To grasp you by the shoulder and awaken the sleeping musician, the poet, the astronomer that lives within….”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery: Paraphrased from Wind, Sand, and Stars
Late in the evening of May 6th 2103 (CDT) we exceeded our goal of raising $50,000.00 through the Kickstarter website. With your help and generosity we reached 125% of that target. So to all of you who pledged your support big and small, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. With your help, we can now say we are on the final leg of our long journey to fly Bugatti's ONLY aeroplane.
LE RÊVE BLEU IL SOGNO BLU THE BLUE DREAM
Our MISSION is to build and fly a replica of the Bugatti 100P, the most elegant and technologically-advanced airplane of its time
Our VISION is to recreate – and share with others – the brief period in the late 1930s when Ettore Bugatti and Louis de Monge collaborated to create this singularly unique airplane
Our VALUES include a commitment to honoring the memory of those who designed and built this plane
Bugatti 100p project team
Why would anyone undertake to build a replica of an airplane that never flew and for which there are no known plans and few relevant drawings? We could make a good argument for building a replica Bugatti 100P based solely upon its heritage. After all, Ettore Bugatti built only one airplane.
But there is more to this airplane than its link to Ettore Bugatti, who collaborated with Louis de Monge on what was to be the last major project for either man.
The Bugatti 100P – an art-deco masterpiece – is arguably the most elegant airplane ever designed. It was also the most technologically-advanced airplane of its time. Designed initially to set a world speed record and to compete in the prestigious Coupe Deutsch air race, the plane also met the criteria for a light-weight fighter and might have been the first technology demonstrator. Had it flown in the summer of 1940, it would be seen today as an historically-significant aircraft; elements of the plane’s most notable features, well established by mid-1937, predate the development of the best Allied fighters of World War II.
Hidden from view for much of the late 20th Century, few enthusiasts know about or have seen this remarkable machine. The original airplane – restored but not airworthy – is too fragile to tour, limiting its exposure to those few who visit the AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The only way we can revisit the classic era of aviation and fly this airplane is to recreate the Bugatti 100P ourselves and share that experience with enthusiasts everywhere!