Aeroscopia – the Newest Museum of Toulouse

concorde plane
Concorde Plane – only 20 were ever made between 1966 and 1979
The newest museum of Toulouse, Aeroscopia, which has opened its doors on January 15th houses around 80 planes. From the aviation pioneers of the beginning of the 20th century to supersonic flights, the visitor can learn about aeronautics’ more than 100 years old history. The 7000 square meters museum, located next door to the Airbus company, is not however an Airbus museum but rather a showcase of the “genealogic tree of the aeronautics of Toulouse”.

Among all the exponents it is the famous Concorde plane that most people want to visit inside.
The Aeroscopia Concordes (there are 2!) are exponents of the only 20 supersonic planes manufactured by French and British engineers between 1966 and 1979. The plane, at the time in the fleet of Air France and British Airways, was able to reach a speed of 2000km/hour flying at an altitude of 18,000 meters (59,000 feet). But when going inside, the visitor is a little taken aback as that the interior appears small and is minimally decorated with dark brown leather seats – far from one would expect when paying a one way Paris-New York ticket €8,100!

Besides Concorde another plane that marked the history of Airbus is the A300 the first plane ever built by the company – the showcased model is in fact the 4th plane A300 that left the assembly line in 1972.
A score of other smaller aircraft are also exposed, some suspended, as the replica of the plane of Louis Bleriot, the first person to fly over the English Chanel in 1909, other resting on the floor, such as the replica of the Morane-Saulnier used by Roland Garros to cross the Mediterranean Sea in 1913, or fighter planes like Mig 15 and Mirage.

Roland Garros' Morane-Saulnier monoplane
Roland Garros’ Morane-Saulnier monoplane

Outside one can visit a Caravelle, the short/medium-range jet airliner, and a second Concorde – the one that made the last flight to the airport of Blagnac Toulouse in June 2003.

And the museum is not complete yet: a military transport plane A400M is going to arrive in summer as well as a pre-production A380 as soon as the concrete base that can hold the giant is ready.
The museum includes also a documentation center, a gigantic fresco of 58 meters describing the aviation history as well as thematic booths that can help the visitor learn more about the work in aeronautics industry.

Address: Musée Aeroscopia, 6 rue Roger Béteille, 31700 Blagnac.
Open all days of the year between 9:30am and 6pm (7pm during school holidays).
Entrance : €11,50 euros.
More Infos : http://www.musee-aeroscopia.fr

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