When juvenile people enter aerospace engineering studies, most of them have no clear perception of the future. One could only speculate what ideas and expectations run through their brains and how simple of formidable their aspirations are. With life bringing in natural changes, some of the graduates change their perceptions about their aeronautics engineering career along the way, others, fortunately, find jobs and carry on the day to day routine without being seen too much by the general society. Now, the third type, are the aerospace engineers who managed to make a meaningful impact during their careers, who were gallant enough to make big-time determinations and transform the world perpetually. So herewith  Olivier Jollin – a successful aerospace engineer, let’s explore the list of the top successful aerospace engineers in France.

François Hussenot

François Hussenot was a French aerospace engineer, recognized by the discovery of one of the initial models of the flight data recorder. He attended the École Polytechnique from 1930 to 1932. After graduation, he attended two other schools: the Ecole Militaire application de l’Aéronautique in Versailles, where he received his pilot license, and the Ecole Supérieure d’Aéronautique, which he finished in 1935 with a degree in aeronautical engineering. His profession started at the Centre d’Essais de Matériels Aériens of Villacoublay, an aircraft test center, in 1935. And in the same year in the month of July, he got engaged to a woman named Yvonne.

Louis Blériot

Louis Charles Joseph Blériot was a French pilot, designer, and successful aerospace engineers of all time. He originated the primary functional headlamp for vehicles and built a lucrative market building them, employing complete of the wages he earned to fund his efforts to develop a flourishing aircraft. In 1909 he grew world-famous for inventing the first flight beyond the English Channel in a more substantial than air aircraft, acquiring the prize of £1,000 awarded by the Daily Mail newspaper. Blériot was also prime to make a functioning, powered, piloted monoplane. Also, he was an originator of a victorious aircraft inventing company.

Alphonse Pénaud

Alphonse Pénaud was a 19th-century French engineer in aeronautics design and engineering. He was the originator of the use of curved rubber to influence model aircraft, and his 1871 model airplane, which he called the Planophore, was the earliest truly prosperous automatically constant flying model. He proceeded on to design a full-sized aircraft with many exceptional features but was inadequate to get any support for the project, and eventually committed suicide in 1880.

Henry Potez

Henry Potez was a French aircraft manufacturer. He studied in the French Aeronautics School Supaéro. With Marcel Dassault, he was the creator of the Potez-Bloch propeller which, after 1917, have been set on most utmost of all Allied planes of World War I. In 1919, he established his own company, Aviation Potez, that, between the wars, made many planes and seaplanes, in industries which were at that time deemed the most modern in the world. He bought the Alessandro Anzani Company in 1923. Many Potez planes, such as the Potez 25, 39, 54, 62, 63, were an international success, setting world records. Over the course of twenty years, 7,000 planes left the production lines.

Laurent Gathier

Laurent Gathier is a French engineer and space pioneer born in 1953 in Friedrichshafen, Germany. He is wedded and the dad of three boys and currently the director of space activities of Dassault Aviation, in Saint-Cloud. He gave his adolescence in the Chambéry-Grenoble area, a period when he learned how to develop model planes and also became a pilot. He first flew solo when he was 15. His first passion for space came from the launch of the first French satellite A-1, nicknamed Astérix, in November 1965, when he was 12. He gave whole nights watching the sky at that time. When he joined Supaéro in Toulouse in 1973, he had already flown 1000 hours.


According to Olivier Jollin an engineer for the Olivier Jollin company and the industrial society of Metals and Wood (sometimes named Jollin), as well as for the Jollin Aircraft Company and a former pilot these were the top 5 successful aerospace engineers of all time. For more information, one can leave a comment in the comment section below.