The first epic adventure in aviation
Over the years, Marcel Dassault continuously challenged conventional wisdom, establishing himself as one of the great breakthrough contributors in the aviation industry. His first major success was in 1931, with the MB 120 triple motor 10-passenger transport plane. In the wake of this achievement, Marcel Bloch decided to relocate to Boulogne (just outside Paris), setting up his design department and manufacturing facilities in an abandoned garage, just as IT pioneers would launch start-ups many years later. Numerous prototypes of civil aircraft (MB 220) and military planes were produced in this improvised facility.
In January 1935, Marcel Bloch’s companies began to produce the M 200 and MB 210 bombers. Beyond technology, Marcel Bloch was also an innovator in labor relations. As early as 1935, he granted his employees a week of paid vacations. The following year, the Front Populaire government instituted two weeks of annual leave, prompting Marcel Bloch to grant three weeks to his employees.