While Bugatti is a name commonly associated with cars, it also refers to an impressively designed propeller-driven passenger plane known as the 100p Bugatti. The plane boasted a theoretical speed of 500 mph but it was abandoned at the start of the second World War and never got off the ground. Now, almost a century after it was designed, a Kickstarter project has made it possible to build a reproduction of the 100p Bugatti, also known as the Blue Dream.
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“The plane features swept-forward wings, Y-shaped tail, and two contra-rotating propellers. The engines sit behind the pilot, who has a large glass cockpit right behind the propellers. Forward-swept wings mean improved handling at high speed, though it risks bending the wings upwards if they’re not made strong enough. Project creators state ‘Had it flown in the summer of 1940, it would be seen today as an historically-significant aircraft,’ and given the rapid development of fighter aircraft in the early 1940s, it’s easy to imagine designers borrowing traits from a racing plane for their latest war machine.”