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100 YEARS OF RECORDS AND VICTORIES – STORY

9760 METERS, MINUS 50 DEGREES, LITTLE OXYGEN – WORLD RECORD: THE FIRST HIGH FLIGHT FOR BMW

Franz Zeno Diemer was a bold daredevil. On 17 June 1919, the 230 hp powering the BMW IV aero-engine took the test pilot to an altitude of 9760 metres within the space of one and a half hours – a world record-breaking achievement for BMW. The pilot flew in an open cockpit, and both he and the machine kept going despite low oxygen levels and temperatures of minus 50 degrees.

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