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Jets take flight 1940 - 1960

  • 1940

    Bloch builds engine factory which later becomes company headquarters.

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  • 1940

    The occupation period.

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  • 1944

    Deported to Buchenwald.

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  • 1945

    Liberated by the Americans.

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  • 1947

    Dassault’s plant in Mérignac is today the center of Falcon production.

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  • 1949

    MD 315 Flamant liaison/training aircraft.

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  • 1949

    Breguet double-decker troop/cargo transport.

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  • 1949

    France into the jet age with the Ouragan.

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  • 1951

    Breguet Vultur

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  • 1951

    Mystère II, the first French aircraft to go supersonic.

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  • 1952

    Dassault’s last piston airplane.

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  • 1952

    421 Mystère IVs were built, 40% for export.

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  • 1952

    Super-Mystère B2 day interceptor.

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  • 1954

    The Méditerranée, Dassault’s first Business jet Design

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  • 1955

    MD 550 Mystère Delta becomes the first Mirage.

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  • 1956

    The Genesis of the Mirage III

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  • 1956

    Breguet Alizé is a single-engine derivative of the Vultur.

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  • 1957

    Breguet 1001 sets a closed-course record of 668 mph for 1000 km.

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  • 1958

    Etendard IVM production begins

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  • 1959

    First flight of the Mirage IV

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  • 1960

    New navigation and weapons systems

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  • 1960

    Mirage IIIC enters production

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