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The Concorde was known for its majestic shape (Photo: Arpingstone [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

ExxonMobil Donates Hydraulic Fluid to Keep Concorde Alive

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Concorde’s first flight, ExxonMobil has donated over 1,000 liters of hydraulic fluid to Heritage Concorde. Founded in 2010, Heritage Concorde is a group of ex-Concorde engineers and aviation enthusiasts based in the United Kingdom and France dedicated to the preservation of the iconic supersonic aircraft. [caption id="attachment_32997" align="alignnone" width="1024"] Exxon's M2-V aviation hydraulic fluid was used during the Concorde's 34-year run. (Photo: Exxon)[/caption] ExxonMobil supplied the original Exxon M2-V aviation hydraulic fluid…

Planes Are Flying Longer but Not Faster

New technology developed by incumbent aircraft manufacturing giants Boeing and Airbus are pushing aircraft farther and farther. Singapore to Newark, currently the world’s longest flight by distance, clocks in at 17 to 18 hours nonstop. Qantas has challenged Boeing and Airbus to develop an aircraft that can fly nonstop from…

“She Flies! She Flies!”: Celebrating 50 Years of the Concorde

"She Flies! She Flies!" is the first sound that most people remember about this day 50 years ago. Raymond Baxter, the BBC's anchor that was covering the event shouted in excitement while the four Snecma Olympus 593 engines delivered full thrust and the Aerospatiale/BAC Concorde left the runway and was…

Built to Fail: Supersonic Aircraft

While we all admire the success and fame that has come with aircraft like the Boeing 747 or Airbus A320, not every design is successful. In this multi-part series, we will be looking into some of aviation’s designs that had huge potential and didn’t live up to the hype or…