Watch Ettore Bugatti’s Only Airplane Make Its First Flight
A beautiful flight with an imperfect end
In June 1940, as the Nazis advanced across Europe, legendary Parisian automobile maker Ettore Buggati hid the body of a unique airplane at his estate outside the city. Untouched by the war, Bugatti’s forward-swept-wing single-seat racer never flew, a strange and beautiful aircraft design all but abandoned by history. In 2013, a Kickstarter project to make a working reproduction raised over $60,000 to make an actual flying version, and today the project released the good news: it flew!
Here’s another angle, from a camera on the wing:
Unfortunately, one of the brake pedals wasn’t working, so the plane had to make a crash landing.
The pilot is okay. A statement posted to the Bugatti 100P project facebook page yesterday by the pilot reads:
Despite the setback, there is still elation in the aircraft. Watch the video of the flight below, and listen for the screams of joy at about the one-minute mark: