BUSINESS ABROAD: Daydreamer at Work

As a child in Paris half a century ago, Marcel Dassault read science fiction and daydreamed that he would some day be a great inventor, turning his ideas into mechanical marvels that would bring glory to France. Unlike most daydreamers, Dassault was equipped with the talent and drive to turn fantasy into reality. At 23, only two years out of aeronautical school, he designed the propeller for the famed Spad fighter of World War I. At 60 he designed and built France's first topflight jet fighter, the sweptwing, transonic Mystère. Last week...

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