Henry Farman and his aircraft, 1908.
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Postcard depicting aviation pioneer Henry (Henri) Farman (1874-1958) flying at Betheny, France. Farman was born in Paris to English parents. Although he attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts he was more interested in racing bicycles, motorcycles, cars, and finally aeroplanes. He bought a biplane from the Voisin brothers and flew Europe's first circuit with it in 1908. His own biplane won many prizes, including the £10,000 offered by the Daily Mail for the first succesful London to Manchester flight, and Farman aircraft played a major role in the First World War. Farman became a French citizen, and when his factory was nationalised in 1937, he returned to his first pasion, painting.