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20 surprising facts about BMW

Espresso Logo By Carina Ockedahl of Espresso | Slide 2 of 21: BMW started off building planes, not cars.The automaker’s predecessor was known as Bayerische Flugzeugwerke (BFw). Founded in 1916, the company’s main purpose was to build aircrafts in Munich, Germany, according to Car and Driver. BFw eventually went on to build engines.In 1919, one such engine (a BMW inline six-cylinder unit) was found in an aircraft piloted by Bavarian flight pioneer Franz Zeno Diemer who set an (unofficial) world altitude record of 9,760 metres (32,021 feet).

BMW Aircraft

BMW started off building planes, not cars.

The automaker’s predecessor was known as Bayerische Flugzeugwerke (BFw). Founded in 1916, the company’s main purpose was to build aircrafts in Munich, Germany, according to Car and Driver. BFw eventually went on to build engines.

In 1919, one such engine (a BMW inline six-cylinder unit) was found in an aircraft piloted by Bavarian flight pioneer Franz Zeno Diemer who set an (unofficial) world altitude record of 9,760 metres (32,021 feet).

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