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DESIGNER UNKNOWN FARMAN / ÉCOLE DE PILOTAGE. Circa 1920. 45x31 3/4 inches, 114 1/4x80 1/2 cm. Money, Paris. Condition A-: unobtrusive crease in lower text; minor abrasions in margins. Henri Farman (1874-1958) was an aviation pioneer who, in 1908, was the first man to fly a 1 kilometer circle on an observed course; he opened an aviation school in 1911 at Toussus-le-Noble. Along with his brothers Maurice and Richard, he was also among the first involved in the aircraft industry and the world of civil aviation. The Farman Aviation Works manufactured aircraft and engines from 1908 until 1936. During World War I, the company produced the F.60 Goliath intended to be used as a bomber capable of carrying a heavy pay-load and able to travel 1500 kilometers. By the time it was ready to be put into service, the war had ended and the planes were re-configured for passenger traffic. Many new airline companies that had begun to appear after the war acquired the F.60 Goliath for their new fleets; this included the Société Générale de Transport Aérien (SGTA), who began operating a flight between Paris and Brussels in July of 1920. Now, with their planes going into service around the European continent, and in anticipation of a larger need for experienced help, they advertised their flying school to prospective pilots.