In the beginning, BMW made the Dixi


The half-Italian, half-Austrian financer Camillo Castiglioni was the richest man in all of Central Europe—the wealthiest who wasn’t a royal—and he was an airplane enthusiast, riding the wave of enthusiasm that encompassed cutting-edge technology. In the first few decades of the 1900s he invested in airplane production, got rich, went bankrupt, got rich again, designed and flew his own balloons, threw money at artists he liked, and owned dozens of companies, including Rapp Motorwerke and Bayerische Flugzeugwerke, the two companies which he merged to become BMW in 1922.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2018/03/07/in-the-beginning-bmw-made-the-dixi


In the second paragraph, that would be a Fokker D7, not D8. Eights had rotary engines and were far from the war’s best fighters.

Art H.


Thanks for the clarification @upwind120, we will get that corrected.