Fine Tubes and Superior Tube celebrate 50th anniversary of Concorde’s maiden flight

Monday, March 4, 2019

Fine Tubes and Superior Tube celebrate 50th anniversary of Concorde’s maiden flight

It is now 50 years since the iconic, supersonic Concorde made its maiden flight. When it took off from Toulouse on 2nd March 1969, it was a proud day for UK-based Fine Tubes and US-based Superior Tube because, onboard, was no less than a kilometre of tubing manufactured by the businesses.

Fine Tubes and Superior Tube collaborated to develop the high performance AM350 tubes used in the high-pressure hydraulic systems; BST 55-specification tubing for the heat shields and braking equipment as well as for air conditioning, water extraction and fire detection and prevention systems; and double-vacuum melted 316L tubes for the fuel heaters and oil coolers in the Rolls-Royce Olympus engines.

Capable of cruising at over twice the speed of sound and reaching an altitude of 60,000ft, from which passengers could observe the curvature of the Earth, Concorde was jointly developed and manufactured by Sud Aviation (later Aérospatiale) and the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) under an Anglo-French treaty.