Marcel Bloch, the youngest of four children, was born on 22 January 1892 in Paris. He adopted the name Dassault in 1949.
Dassault Aviation's website describes his life. It says that Marcel, "one sunny day in the school playground looked up at the sky and saw the Count of Lambert's Wilbur Wright passing the Eiffel tower for the first time. I had never seen a plane before. There and then, I knew that aviation had become a part of my heart and thoughts".
Flight described Dassault as a France's most celebrated aircraft designer and manufacturer, who survived a Nazi concentration camp and built some of the world's best-selling military aircraft.
In 1986 Flight noted his company "Avions Marcel Dassault-Breguet Aviation gave birth to the Mirage family of fighters, the Mystere, the Super Etendard, the Atlantique 2, the Alpha Jet in conjunction with Dornier, and, most recently, the next-generation Rafale. A line of business jets including the the Falcon 50,100, 200, and 900 and the Gardian."
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