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History

of Dassault Aviation

The Dassault Aviation Group has always applied a dual (civil-military) technology strategy, an integral part of its DNA that ensures the company’s balance. The products for these markets are complementary, providing effective protection against fluctuating political and economic conditions.

The Éclair propeller from 1916 marked the start of aviation designs by Marcel Bloch, who was already building both civil and military aircraft between the two world wars. Marcel Bloch’s company turned out a long string of aircraft, ranging from the all-metal MB-60 trimotor postal plane, to the MB-174/175 reconnaissance planes and bombers, as well as the MB-200 and MB-210 bombers, the twin-engine MB-220 and four-engine MB-160 commercial transports, and the MB-152 single-seat fighter.