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Maurice Alain Farman (March 21, 1877 – February 25, 1964) was an Anglo-French Grand Prix motor racing champion, an aviator, and an aircraft manufacturer and designer.

Maurice Alain Farman
Maurice Farman, 1909
BornMarch 21, 1877
Paris, France
DiedFebruary 25, 1964(1964-02-25) (aged 86)
Paris, France
RelativesRichard and Henri Farman
Two of the Imperial Japanese Navy seaplane carrier Wakamiya's Maurice Farman seaplanes stationed on land in Tsingtao in 1914.


Born in Paris to English parents, he and his brothers Richard and Henry Farman were important pioneers of aviation in Europe.

A champion tandem cyclist with brother Henry, Maurice Farman began racing Panhard automobiles and won the 1901 Pau Grand Prix, the first race ever to be called a Grand Prix. In May 1902 he won the "Circuit du Nord" race from Paris to Arras and back. He also competed in that year's Paris to Vienna race won by Marcel Renault. However, Farman's interest quickly turned to powered flight and in 1908 he bought a Voisin Model 4 biplane.[1] In 1909 he set world's endurance and speed records. He soon began to manufacture airplanes and in 1912 merged his business with his brother's aircraft company to give the Farman Aviation Works. He was awarded Aviator's Certificate (Brevet) no. 6 by the Aero-Club de France, issued on November 18, 1909.[2]

Maurice Farman died in Paris in 1964.[3]


  1. ^ Jane's All the World's Aircraft 1913, p. 4d.
  2. ^ "Les Vieilles Tiges". Flying Pioneers. Laurent Brocard. Retrieved 5 Dec 2010.
  3. ^ "Maurice Farman". Flight Magazine. 85 (2869): 348. 5 March 1964. Retrieved 5 Dec 2010.