There’s more! In Toulouse, the sky is not the limit, behind airbus the aero industry continues to push the boundaries of the possible.
A bit of history…
Throughout the 20th century, its history has been marked by the exploits of certain engineers, with Latécoère and Dewoitine in the vanguard, while the local company Aéropostale and its legendary pilots (Saint-Exupéry, Mermoz et al.) are forever etched in the memories of the people of Toulouse.
In the post-war era, the city, already popular for its quality of life, saw the development of a flourishing aeronautics industry led by the company Aérospatiale.
From Concorde to Ariane
In 1955, Toulouse gave birth to the elegant Caravelle and later, in the 1970s, to supersonic Concorde.
From the blue sky to the stars was one small step, which Toulouse took in the late 1960s. In 1968, as a result of the French government’s decentralisation policy, the CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales) left Paris to relocate in Toulouse. It was followed by top engineering schools including ENAC and Sup Aéro that were producing graduates to work in the aeronautical and space industry.
This was how the Ariane rocket came to be designed in Toulouse (you can see a life-size replica at the Cité de l’Espace). This was followed by a whole series of observation and telecommunications satellites.
Toulouse was now flying high, taking over in the 2000s as the world’s leading aeronautical powerhouse thanks to Airbus, a subsidiary of the European EADS consortium.
Today, the entire range of Airbus aircraft (A319, A320, A340, A350, A380, etc.) is assembled on the various Airbus sites near Toulouse-Blagnac airport.