Originally Posted by drey
"that's false, the emblem is based on the flag of the Free State of Bavaria, but yeah, white dude got schooled"
Gotta disagree here - I've seen BMW literature which states the roundel is based on the idea of a prop wash, inasmuch as they originally built aircraft. If those are the colors of the Bavarian flag or province it may be a coincidence.
Logo was registered in 1917, the first airplane add was in 1929 that showed that they use BMW engines.