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History and Heritage
As the world's oldest aircraft engine manufacturer, Safran has taken shape gradually through the association of iconic and innovative companies in the aviation, space and defense sectors.
From the creation of its very first company in 1896 to the global reach that Safran enjoys today, the Group has built its history on iconic aerospace and defense companies, such as Snecma, Sagem, Labinal, Messier, Hispano-Suiza, Turbomeca and Zodiac. This century and more of history is marked by a series of major innovations, such as the engine that powered the first flight over the Mediterranean (flown by Rolland Garros in 1913), the development of the very first aeronautical autobrake in 1930, the first inflatable boat prototypes, the first mass-produced helicopter engine, and the commissioning of the CFM56 (the world's best-selling commercial aircraft engine), among others. This ability to evolve and invent, which is at the heart of Safran's DNA, is still in strong evidence today, enabling the Group to build on its history and successes to plan for a sustainable future and address the challenges of tomorrow.