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Re: Bugatti 100 Racer and 110 Fighter Projects
« Reply #106 on: December 24, 2017, 02:20:51 am »
Yes I've heard of that crash. It is heartbreaking. As a Frenchman I feel twice concerned.

First, because in the 80's, one of the last four existing Dewoitine D-520 was restored to flying status. On a sad day of July 1986, it crashed, killing pilot Christian Bove, who had been the driving force behind the project.

Second, because there is another Dewoitine to fly soon: a D-551 is being build from zero in Toulouse. Hopefully it won't crash like this...
http://replicair.fr/avions/dewoitine-d551/
Conservatoire de l'Air et de l'Espace d'Aquitaine - Bordeaux - Mérignac / Dassault aviation museum
http://www.caea.info/en/plan.php

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Re: Bugatti 100 Racer and 110 Fighter Projects
« Reply #107 on: December 24, 2017, 08:27:40 am »
A real shame those accidents.  In the case of the Bugatti, perhaps it was too complex an aircraft for such a small team to recreate.  All those propshafts with universal joints for a start and the coolant system, a real monster.

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Re: Bugatti 100 Racer and 110 Fighter Projects
« Reply #108 on: December 24, 2017, 10:49:16 am »
1920s and 1930s racing and record aircraft placed high demands on the pilots and a great many were on the very edge of flyable. Recreating them is not something to be taken lightly and unfortunately there have been too many fatal crashes. Supermarine S5r, Hughes H-1, Bugatti 100 and no doubt others.