A Distinguished Past
As early as 1907, the first experiments with rotary wings were conducted in France. Though Paul Cornu and Etienne Oehmichen were the pioneers, the history of helicopters was also marked by names as illustrious as Louis Breguet, René Durand and Heinrich Focke, who expressed an interest in rotary wings well before World War II.
However, it was not until the end of the Second World War that an authentic helicopter industry was born.
Today, the rich past of the two parent companies, Aerospatiale and Deutsche Aerospace, is preserved by the experience, know-how and excellence of the Eurocopter Group.