Georges Brian 1912-2004
Georges Brian was born in 1912 and passed his military pilot's licence in July 1931, aged 19. He joined the French Air Force as a fighter pilot at the Ecole d'Istres flying school and was posted to the 35th aviation regiment in Bron, near
Shortly after the start of the war, he was posted to the Centre d'Essais de Matériel Aérien (aviation equipment test centre) to conduct tests on the Bloch 153 (an MB152 fitted with Curtiss Pratt&Whitney engines) where he discovered the world of flight trials. It was then that he met Marcel Bloch but as yet had no idea that this man would hire him after the war as a pilot.
After the Armistice, his Group fell back to
In 1943, the Americans supplied the GC I/5 with P39 aircraft: Brian then took part in the Campaign in
He was then posted to the CEAM again which he left in October 1946 to follow Rozanoff who had become Director of Dassault aircraft flight trials. In Mérignac, Brian then worked on the MB 303 prototype and was at the controls with Constantin Rozanoff and Jean Dillaire during its maiden flight which took place on
Georges Brian finished his career at Dassault as Manager of External Relations for the