Bugatti Builder Killed In Crash
The builder of a replica of the Bugatti 100p racing plane was killed in the crash of the aircraft in Oklahoma on Saturday. NewsOn6 reported Scotty Wilson, of Tulsa, was flying the aircraft when it went down near Clinton-Sherman Air Force Base in west central Oklahoma. The aircraft was copied from a 1930s design by Ettore Bugatti who built a prototype that never flew because the Second World War started. Wilson and his team built the aircraft in Tulsa but the crash scene was about 200 miles west. Circumstances of the crash have not been released.
The Bugatti 100p had twin counterrotating props driving by a shaft to two motorcycle engines behind the cockpit. The replica was reverse engineered by the team from scratch in an effort partly funded by a Kickstarter campaign. The first flight of the replica was in August of 2015 but it went off the runway and damaged the prop and spinner. It flew again in October of 2015.