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Farman Aviation Works

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1909. Farman biplane.
July 1910.
1910. Biplane with Gnome engine.
1910. Farman biplane with ENV engine.
1911. Ref AA below

See Farman Frères.

Avions Farman was a French aircraft company founded and run by the brothers Henri, Richard and Maurice Farman. They designed and constructed aircraft and engines from 1908 until 1936.

1912 Maurice merged his aircraft business with his brother's aircraft company - presumably as Farman Aviation Works

c.1918 Built Goliath, the first long-distance passenger airliner, which began regular Paris-London flights on February 8, 1919

By 1924 the Farman Brothers (Henri and Maurice) had been building aero engines for several years; they exhibited a W-configuration engine at the 1924 Paris Air Show[1]

During the French nationalization and rationalization of its aerospace industry, Farman's assets were assigned to the Société Nationale de Constructions Aéronautiques du Centre (SNCAC).

In 1941 the Farman brothers re-established the firm as the "Société Anonyme des Usines Farman" (SAUF), based in Billancourt, then in Sresnes, but only three years later, it was absorbed by Sud-Ouest. Maurice's son, Marcel Farman, reestablished the SAUF in 1952, but his effort proved unsuccessful and the firm was dissolved in 1956.

The Farman brothers built more than 200 types of aircraft between 1908 and 1941.

The Farman name continues to be used by the French company Farman, who make production line equipment, including robotics, welding equipment and conveyors. Company history webpage here.

Sources of Information

  • [1] Wikipedia
  • AA. [2] Image courtesy of Aviation Ancestry

See Also

  1. Flight International Magazine 1925-01-01