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Amiot Projects & Prototypes


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May 8, 2006
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I don't have either of these two books, but they are visibly different :

-L'aventure Amiot - CMN, Des hommes, le ciel et la mer, Author Fréderic Patard, Des Champs publishing, 1998

-Félix Amiot, Parcours d'un industriel normand du XXème siècle, Author Justin Lecarpentier, OREP publishing, 2020

Regarding the "aviation" part (The first two paragraphs, with Google Trad)

The only book so far devoted to this atypical French manufacturer was L’aventure Amiot-CMN by Frédéric Patard, published over twenty years ago and now almost impossible to find. This book by Justin Lecarpentier is based on a history thesis, revised to be more readable by the general public. Typically, the references at the bottom of the page instead of the references at the end of the chapter or of the book, are appreciable for readability. It covers both the career of an aircraft manufacturer and the period that followed in the field of shipbuilding. We will only dwell on the first part, which is about half of the book.
The richness of this work certainly does not lie in its illustrations, which are few in number, and suffer from the quality of the paper which forces the contrasts to be exaggerated and makes the result grainy. On the other hand, the subject focuses on Félix Amiot and his company. The history of his planes appears in this book only to illustrate the point and does not form the basis of the book. A small exception with the interesting details presented by the author regarding the very latest aircraft project, the superb Amiot 530 civilian transport.

The text not only presents the story of Félix Amiot; it also highlights the investigative work carried out by the author. The common thread is based on company archives, consulted in regional archive centers in the Cherbourg region, supplemented by administrative documents and various testimonies provided by the descendants of the Amiot family and those around them.
The study is constructed in a systematic way, starting with the family genealogical tree, then follows the account of the educational journey of young Félix Amiot, highlighting his encounters and friendships that will subsequently support his career. We then move on to the start of its industrial activity, with the creation of the SECM during the First World War, thanks to its patents on stamping and despite its lack of suitable diplomas. After subcontracting, Amiot finally started in aviation, in an unfavorable context, before becoming a major aircraft manufacturer. The author details the opportunities, industrial arrangements, acquisitions, supports, changes, social aspects. Above all, it highlights the tensions with the Air Ministry, the catastrophic impact of nationalizations on the company and the consequences on production. The author quotes excerpts from relevant documents, placing them precisely in context which he skillfully illuminates through his informed study of the context. It details in particular the standoff between Félix Amiot and Pierre Cot, on the subject of nationalizations, then that of the production of Amiot family 350.
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