ExxonMobil donates hydraulic fluid for museum restoration of Concorde
- ExxonMobil donated over 1000 litres of M2-V Aviation Hydraulic Fluid to Heritage Concorde
- The donation commemorates the 50th anniversary of Concorde’s first flight
- M2-V Aviation Hydraulic Fluid is used to operate the iconic Concorde droop nose
LEATHERHEAD – To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the maiden flight of Concorde, ExxonMobil has donated over 1,000 litres of original Exxon M2-V Aviation Hydraulic Fluid to Heritage Concorde, a volunteer preservation group dedicated to the restoration of Concorde aircraft in the United Kingdom and France.
One of the world’s most iconic aircraft, the Concorde supersonic passenger aeroplane was in operation for 34 years. To achieve supersonic speeds, Concorde utilised a long, thin nose – referred to as a droop nose – which pilots lowered during take-off and landing to improve visibility. To operate these critical nose movements, the aircraft used Exxon M2-V Aviation Hydraulic Fluid.
“ExxonMobil is proud to have been a part of Concorde’s debut in 1969, and even prouder to be a part of preserving history in 2019 by supplying the original hydraulic fluid for this iconic aircraft,” says Pamela Skaufel, director of aviation and marine lubricants at ExxonMobil. “Our continued commitment to technology and innovation ensures we will continue to provide industry-leading products to our customers today and in the future.”
The donated lubricants have been used in Concorde aircraft at the British Airliner Collection based at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford, the Museum of Air and Space in Le Bourget, and at Runway Visitor Park at Manchester Airport. With the help of ExxonMobil and Heritage Concorde, visitors have been able to see this iconic nose movement come back to life during 50th anniversary celebrations in the UK and France.
Learn more about the heritage of ExxonMobil Aviation fuels and lubricants here.
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