François Hussenot

Engineer, Deceased Person

1912 – 1951


Who was François Hussenot?

François Hussenot was a French engineer, credited with the invention of one of the early forms of the flight data recorder.

He attended the École polytechnique from 1930 to 1932. After graduation, he attended two other schools: the Ecole Militaire d'Application de l'Aéronautique in Versailles, where he obtained his pilot license, and the Ecole Supérieure d'Aéronautique, which he graduated in 1935 with a degree in aeronautical engineering.

His career began at the Centre d'Essais de Matériels Aériens of Villacoublay, an aircraft test center, in 1935. In July of that year, he married Yvonne. In 1936, he was sent to Saint-Raphaël, in southern France, to take part in the testing of heavy sea planes. In 1941, he moved to the Centre d'Essais en Vol de Marignane, where he made his early attempts at constructing a flight data recorder. Unlike modern recorders, Hussenot's early models had the particularity of storing the information not on a magnetic band, but on an eight meter long by 88 mm wide photographic film, scrolling in front of a thin spot of light deviated by a mirror to represent the data.

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Mar 22, 1912
  • France
  • École Polytechnique
May 16, 1951

on July 23, 2013


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