Origins and history of aeroscopia

A short history

In the Midi-Pyrénées region, nearly 80,000 people make a living from the aviation industry, the driving force behind the region’s economy:
manufacturers, sub-contractors, suppliers, design offices, service providers…

Between the first powered aircraft designed in secret in the town of Muret by Clément Ader, and the first flight in the skies of Blagnac of the A380, flagship of the European aviation industry, more than a century has passed.

To fly across the seas and the continents, first came the aircraft made by Latécoère and Dewoitine, then the Languedoc and the Armagnac.
At the end of the fifties Caravelle, the first French jetliner, proved to be a resounding success. Then in 1969 it was Concorde’s turn to take to the skies for the first time in Blagnac.

These aircraft were followed by the entire Airbus family, affirming Toulouse’s mission to fly higher, faster and farther.
This is also the story of the great pioneers of aviation.

Here, in the birthplace of global civil and military aviation, the Airbus Group laid the foundations of its head office in January 2014 and the commercial successes of Airbus and ATR boost the economy of the Midi-Pyrénées region.
For more than 30 years, the players and witnesses of this industrial, technical and human saga, as well as those who love aircraft and love to fly, have strived for this history to be forever remembered and shared. For the preservation of this historical heritage.

Aeroscopia, an aviation museum, addresses this expectation.

The foundation stone was laid on the 16th of June 2011.

Pose de la première pierre aeroscopia
 

An ideal location

Aeroscopia, the aviation museum, was built on the Pinot site, on the edge of the Aéroconstellation urban development zone, birthplace of the A380, itself directly connected to the airport and runways of Toulouse-Blagnac.
Aeroscopia was built just 300 metres from the awe-inspiring Lagardère plant (490 metres long and 46 metres high) and its rectilinear façades. The choice of this location especially enables the pooling of the museum’s ticketing service with those of the A380 and Airbus factory tours, significantly strengthening the site’s offer of industrial tourism and culture.

To the North, the forthcoming Toulouse Métropole Exhibition Hall (to open in 2017) will contribute in turn to a new phase of growth of the north-western part of the Toulouse urban area.

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Tailor-made architecture

Designed by the Cardete Huet Architect agency, which also worked on the geometry of the Lagardère factory, aeroscopia takes the shape of an oblong tube covered by a skin of grey zinc. The ends open to daylight and without the slight curve along its centre line, it would look like part of an aircraft ready for take-off.

Additional facilities and services:

La ferme de Pinot: an 18th-century U-shaped farmhouse, of certain architectural and historical value. After renovation work scheduled to end
early in 2016, the 2,300 m² site will house several facilities related to the museum: an auditorium, restaurants, a documentation centre, educational activity rooms and offices for the organisations.

The aircraft restoration workshop: the Pinot site will house the collections of vintage aircraft, in particular those of the Ailes Anciennes Toulouse organisation.