Guy du Merle

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Guy du Merle
Born Du Merle
(1908-01-01)1 January 1908
Toulon
Died 6 June 1993(1993-06-06) (aged 85)[1]
Residence France
Nationality French
Citizenship French
Education Aerospace engineer
test pilot
Alma mater École Polytechnique
École nationale supérieure de l'aéronautique et de l'espace
Known for First Director-General of the École nationale de l'aviation civile
Predecessor None
Successor Gilbert Manuel

Guy du Merle (1 January 1908 – 6 June 1993) was a French aeronautical engineer, test pilot[2] and writer.[3] He was the first director-general of the École nationale de l'aviation civile (French civil aviation university).

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Du Merle was born in Toulon. A graduate from the École polytechnique (X 27) and the École nationale supérieure de l'aéronautique et de l'espace (Supaéro 32), he began his career as an air military engineer in the military air center from 1933 to 1935 and test pilot on more than hundred types of aircraft, seaplanes and gliders, including, with Captain Rozanoff, the Messerschmitt 109 and the Heinkel 111 captured by the Republicans in Spain in 1938. In 1945 he became director of the aerospace department, until 1948. Meanwhile, from 1940 to 1950, he taught the aerospace manufacturer at SUPAERO.[4] In 1948, he became the first director of the École nationale de l'aviation civile (French civil aviation university), a position held until 1951 and the appointment of his successor, Gilbert Manuel.[5]

A roundabout of the city of Toulouse bears his name.[6]

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