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Aviation pioneers

Aviation pioneers

80 years of Airbus Helicopters in Marignane

Still pioneering

1939 marked the beginning of Airbus Helicopters’ story in Marignane, France. 

In 2019, we looked back at the most important achievements from the site’s 80-year lifespan, starting with the seaplane, to the airplane and into the 1960’s, which opened a new chapter with helicopters. At present day, the company has become a renowned leader in the aviation industry. After eight decades, we celebrate this legacy as Airbus Helicopters continues to push the boundaries in aviation and uphold our dedication to a better-connected, safer and more prosperous world.


Visuel Bache 80years
Full view of an in-flight Airbus VSR700 unmanned aerial system (UAS), which is designed to operate alongside other shipborne naval assets.

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80 Years Pioneering

Video and photos


Poster 80 years  Marignane

Download the 80 year anniversary poster collection

Over 80 images that illustrate the journey of Airbus Helicopters through the ages. 

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