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Company Background

1905
Continental Motors is born with the introduction of a four-cylinder, four-cycle L-head motor operated by a single camshaft.
1906
Type "O" 45-hp engine is developed to power aircraft.

1929
A-70 radial, seven-cylinder engine is introduced to power aircraft.

1930
A-40 four-cylinder engine is introduced, to power aircraft.

1938
A-50 is added to the lineup to power the Piper Cub and Taylorcraft.

1939
Continental builds aircraft engines for use in British and American tanks.

1945
Six-cylinder E-185 developed for Beechcraft Bonanza.

1950s
A-65 developed into the more powerful C-90 and eventually to the 100-hp O-200. The latter powered one of the most important airplanes ever: The Cessna 150.

1960s
Turbocharging and fuel-injection are brought to general aviation by Continental Motors. IO-520's applications expand to dominate the market.

1984
Continental Motors produces TSIO-520-BE for Piper Malibu. It sets new efficiency targets for piston engines.

1986
Powered by a liquid cooled version of the IO-240, the Rutan Voyager is the first piston-powered aircraft to circumnavigate the world without refueling.

1997
NASA selects Continental to develop and produce GAP, a new 200-hp engine that operates on Jet-A fuel.

1999
Continental develops and tests its first FADEC-equipped engine.




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