Compagnie générale de navigation aérienne

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The Compagnie générale de navigation aérienne (CGNA) was a Wright Brothers company in France, organized and financed by Lazare Weiller.[1][2] Deutsch de la Meurthe was another backer.[3]

In order to fulfill his contract with the company, Wilbur Wright was required, during his 1908 demonstration in France, to make two 50km flights in less than an hour—which he did .[4][5]

The company commissioned Astra to create some aircraft which were known as Astra-White models.[6] Société Ariel was responsible for sales.[7][8]

In 1910 they sued six French aircraft manufacturers for violating Wright patents.[9]



  1. Vital Ferry, Ciels impériaux africains, 1911-1940: les pionniers belges et français; Gerfaut, 2005; ISBN 2-914622-58-9; p. 165.
  2. "La Victoire de Wilbur Wright", L'Illustration, 17 October 1908, p. 261.
  3. Kelly, 1943, The Wright Brothers, pp. 212–213. "On March 3, three weeks after the Signal Corps had accepted their bid, they closed a contract with Lazare Weiller, a wealthy Frenchman, to form a syndicate to buy the rights to manufacture, sell, or license the use of the Wright plane in France. Upon completion of certain tests of the machine, the Wrights were to receive a substantial amount in cash, a block of stock, and provision for royalties. The French company would be known as La Compagnie Générale de Navigation Aérienne. A member of the syndicate was M. Deutsch de la Meurthe who had taken steps toward forming a French company some time previously."
  4. Champonnois, 2009, Les Wright et l'armée française, p. 7.
  5. Berriman, 1913, Aviation, p. 223–225.
  6. Gibbs-Smith, The Wright Brothers, 1963, p. 44.
  7. Champonnois, 2009, Les Wright et l'armée française, p. 9.
  8. Gérard Hartmann, "La Grande Semaine d'Aviation de la Champagne, Reims du 22 au 29 août 1909" (2007), Dossiers historiques et techniques aéronautique française.
  9. Tom D. Crouch, "Blaming Wilbur and Orville: The Wright Patent Suits and the Growth of American Aeronautics", in Atmospheric Flight in the Twentieth Century, ed. Peter Galison & Alex Roland; Spring Science+Business Media, 2000; ISBN 978-0-7923-6742-0; p. 288.

Names Compagnie générale de navigation aérienne, CGNA, syndicat Weiller
Country FR
Started aero 1908
Ended aero
Key people Lazare Weiller, Deutsch de la Meurthe, Wright Brothers
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