Société Pour les Appareils Deperdussin formed 1910 by silk merchant Armand Deperdussin at Bétheny, Reims. Brilliant manager/designers Louis Bechereau and André Herbemont produced series of monocoque-fuselage monoplanes which won races…
Elisée Alfred Descamps built machine-gun-armed fighter 1913, designed for Aviatik at Mulhouse, became chief engineer for Anatra and then returned to France to build Descamps 27 fighter (May 1919) and…
Emile Dewoitine formed Constructions Aéronautiques Emile Dewoitine at Toulouse October 1920 to build metal monoplanes. D.1 fighter flew November 1922 and set pattern in achieving massive export success but rejected…
Emile Dewoitine re-established himself in France March 1928 with Société Aéronautique Française (Avions Dewoitine), ofifice at Paris. SAF built 20 more D.27, 2 long-range D.33 record-breakers, D.37 fighters, D.332/333/338/342/620 3-engined…
MM. Damoure and Fabre, Aéro-Club d'Agen, produced DFL-6 Saphir 2-seater, flown 21 March 1960.
Les Etablissements Henri Dits set up 1912 to build to designs of Breguet pilot René Moineau; in 1915 original design with twin propellers driven by transverse engine in fuselage.
MM. Duperron, Niepce and Fetterer made bomber in 1916, 3 x 200-hp Renault.
Hydravions J. Donnet formed 1919 at Neuilly-sur-Seine after Percheron replaced Denhaut as designer. Built 6 HB3 civil flying-boats 1921-2.
Having collaborated in Donnet-Lévêque company, Donnet and Denhaut formed new firm 1914 with factory on Île de la Jatte. Built series of excellent boats for anti-U-boat warfare, replacing FBA types…
Company formed 25 July 1912 to build flying-boats and amphibians to Denhaut’s design, with original work on Seine at Juvisy but main factory Quai de Seine, Argenteuil. Standard product Type…
In 1916 Lt.-Col. Dorand, director of STAé (Section Technique de l'Aéronautique) issued requirement for 2-seat reconnaissance aircraft. Designed by Capt. Georges Lepère, AR was built in large numbers by STAé…
Etienne Dormoy was designer for, in succession, SPAD, US Army Engineering Division, Orenco, Verville and Buhl, producing Airster and Airsedan for last-named. Only aircraft to bear his name was Bathtub,…
Roger Druine built first light aircraft 1938, followed by Aigle 1948 and single-seat Turbulent 1950, forming Avions Roger Druine in Paris. Tandem Turbi and side-by-side Condor followed, licensed to Rollason…
Félix Du Temple, naval officer, built what is believed to be first working model aeroplane 1857, publishing design same year. Subsequently built full-scale aeroplane which in 1874 was first in…
Armand Dufaux formed Société pour la Construction et l'Entretien d'Avions, Paris, 1914, developed unconventional fighter with propeller rotating around fuselage behind wings, and Avion-Canon with 2 rotary engines athwartships in…
Roland Duruble, with assistants, produced RD.02 Edelweiss 2-seater flown July 1962.
Soc. Anonyme des Travaux Dyle et Bacalan, Bordeaux naval dockyard, started 1925 producing series of metal monoplanes, military/civil, land/sea. First 2 were DB.10 bomber and DB.20 armoured fighter, both with…
SOCIETE DYN'AERO Dyn'Aéro formed September 1992 by Christophe Robin, son of the founder of Avions Pierre Robin; his initials (CR) appear in aircraft designations. Initial product was CR100, flown two…
Famed aviator Jules Védrines assisted design of first of 2 d’Astoux & Cie aircraft 1916, triplane with 130-hp Clerget. Crashed Etampes early 1917.
Etudes Aéronautiques et Commerciales SARL formed 1960 to build improved Jodels and market kits.
The Délégation Générale des Armements (DGA) is studying a number of domestic and foreign airship proposals for future strategic and tactical transport use by the French Army. EADS is involved…
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