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The Maurice Farman/Louis Renault alliance
Building on his success with automobiles, Louis Renault embarked on the development of engines for the nascent aviation industry. In December 1908, he presented two 45 hp V8 engines at the aerial exhibition attached to the Salon de l’Automobile at the Grand Palais in Paris. Impressed, aircraft manufacturer Maurice Farman bought one of the first Renault aviation engines in 1909. Maurice Farman settled with his brother Henri in Boulogne-Billancourt and remained loyal to Renault engines until 1919. From 1910 to 1918, he produced several thousand MF.2 to MF.11 aeroplanes, powered by Renault V8 or V12 engines of 50 to 130 hp. Pictured, a Farman MF.7.
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