LONDON (June 8)—Concorde supersonic aircraft likely will be fitted with a newly developed Michelin radial tire when the aircraft re-gains it airworthiness certificate. The re-launch is expected to happen later this year. The certificate was withdrawn after an Air France Concorde crashed July 15 outside Paris, killing all 109 people on board. A Michelin spokesman said recently no pre-existing tire could meet the new safety standards requested by European Aeronautic Defense and Space Co., the manufacturer of the Concorde. The spokesman said EADS had come to Michelin asking for a new tire design. Prior to the crash, British Airways Concorde fleet used Dunlop Aircraft Tires Ltd. while Air France used Goodyear tires.
Michelin likely to supply new radial tire for Concorde
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