What we mean by aviation hydraulic fluids and preservatives

What are aircraft hydraulic fluids? They’re fluids usually made up of mineral oils or synthetic hydrocarbons, which are to be used in hydraulic applications within an aircraft. Depending on the aviation hydraulic fluid, they might be used for brakes, shock absorbers, gearboxes or other applications.

What are aircraft preservatives? They’re lubricants that are used to protect aircraft, including engines and components. Aircraft preservatives can be used for purposes like protecting your aircraft against corrosion or lubricating it during storage. Read through our technical talk page on preservation oils to learn more about these lubricants.

Mineral hydraulic fluids

  • AeroShell Fluid 41

    AeroShell Fluid 41

    • Super clean mineral hydraulic fluid.
    • Approved to MIL-PRF-5606.

    AeroShell Fluid 41 is a mineral hydraulic oil manufactured to a very high level of cleanliness and it possesses improved fluid properties.

    It contains additives that provide excellent low-temperature fluidity as well as exceptional anti-wear, oxidation – corrosion inhibition and shear stability. In addition, metal de-activators and foam inhibitors are included in this high-viscosity index fluid to enhance performance in hydraulic applications.

    AeroShell Fluid 41 is dyed red.


    Find the AeroShell Fluid 41 data sheet

  • AeroShell Landing Gear Fluid

    AeroShell Landing Gear Fluid

    • Extreme pressure operational hydraulic fluid;
    • Based on AeroShell Fluid 41 which already provides strong oxidation stability and anti-wear performance; and
    • Approved to BMS 3-32 Type 2.

    AeroShell Landing Gear Fluid (LGF) is a mineral hydraulic fluid (MIL-PRF-5606) to which additional additives have been added to improve the extreme pressure characteristics and the fluid’s natural lubricity. The lubricity agent provides a stable thin film layer to the metal surfaces at mild operating conditions. When severe conditions exist (landing/touchdown), the extreme pressure additive supplies the load carrying needed at the metal-to-metal surfaces to prevent the occurrence of such phenomena as ‘ladder cracking’ and ‘slip stiction’ of the piston component of the landing gear.

    AeroShell LGF is dyed yellow.

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  • AeroShell Fluid 4

    AeroShell Fluid 4

    • Only available in the Americas region.

    AeroShell Fluid 4 is a mineral hydraulic oil with very good low temperature characteristics and capable of operating over a wide temperature range. AeroShell Fluid 4 is composed of a mineral oil base stock and a complex additive package, which results in a product with excellent low-temperature flow and anti-wear properties, exceptional anti-foam characteristics and excellent oxidation stability.

    AeroShell Fluid 4 is dyed red.

    Find the AeroShell Fluid 4 data sheet

Synthetic hydrocarbon hydraulic fluids

  • AeroShell Fluid 31

    AeroShell Fluid 31

    • Super-clean, fire-resistant, synthetic hydrocarbon hydraulic fluid.
    • Approved to MIL-PRF-83282.

    AeroShell Fluid 31 is a synthetic hydrocarbon-based aircraft hydraulic fluid with greatly improved fire resistance characteristics. AeroShell Fluid 31 has a specially designed base stock that imparts a relatively high flash point, excellent low-temperature properties and good oxidation and thermal stability. In addition, AeroShell Fluid 31 is formulated with high-technology additives to provide oxidation and corrosion resistance, anti-wear and anti-foaming protection. AeroShell Fluid 31 is superclean filtered to ensure optimum performance in particulate monitored systems.

    AeroShell Fluid 31 is dyed red.

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  • AeroShell Fluid 61

    AeroShell Fluid 61

    • Preservative, synthetic hydrocarbon hydraulic fluid.
    • Approved to MIL-PRF-46170 Type 1.

    AeroShell Fluid 61 is a synthetic hydrocarbon base hydraulic fluid specifically inhibited to provide excellent oxidation stability for the oil and good corrosion preventive protection to the hydraulic system.


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The AeroShell preservation oil range

Other AeroShell fluids

*AeroShell Turbine Oil 3 replaces AeroShell Fluid 14

AeroShell Fluid data sheets and specs

In the table below, you’ll find the technical data sheet (TDS) and material safety data sheet (MSDS) for the AeroShell fluid you’re looking for in English, as well as their specifications, the colour of the fluid, and what it’s used for.

A TDS explains the main applications of the fluid, its physiochemical properties, and general health, safety, and environmental impact advice. An MSDS outlines the properties and hazards of the fluid, recommendations for handling, using, storing, and transporting it safely, and measures for protecting yourself, controlling exposure, dealing with accidental releases, and administering first aid.

To get a copy of the TDS or MSDS you need in another language, check the Shell EPC area. For more information on AeroShell fluids, The AeroShell Book has a great deal of detail.

AeroShell Fluid Fluid Type Fluid Colour Technical Data Sheet (TDS) Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) Specifications
AeroShell Calibrating Fluid 2 Calibrating fluid Colourless AeroShell Calibrating Fluid 2 Technical Data Sheet (TDS) AeroShell Calibrating Fluid 2 Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) US: MIL-PRF-7024E Type II
AeroShell Fluid 2XN Preservative oil Dark brown AeroShell Fluid 2XN Technical Data Sheet (TDS) AeroShell Fluid 2XN Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) US: MIL-C-6529C Type I
British: DTD900/4913A (Obsolete)
French: AIR 1503/B Type B Concentrate equivalent
NATO Code: C-608Joint Service Designation: ZX-21
AeroShell Turbine Oil 2 Mineral oil for fuel system inhibition Light yellow AeroShell Turbine Oil 2 Technical Data Sheet (TDS) AeroShell Turbine Oil 2 Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) US: MIL-PRF-6081E Grade 1010 / 1010N
NATO Code: O-133
AeroShell Fluid 3 Mineral oil for fuel system inhibition Amber AeroShell Fluid 3 Technical Data Sheet (TDS) AeroShell Fluid 3 Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) US: MIL-PRF-7870E
British: DEF STAN 91-47 (Obsolete)
NATO Code: O-142Joint Service Designation: OM-12 (Obsolete)
AeroShell Turbine Oil 3 Mineral oil for fuel system inhibition Pale yellow AeroShell Turbine Oil 3 Technical Data Sheet (TDS) AeroShell Turbine Oil 3 Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) British: Approved DEF STAN 91-99
French: AIR 3515/B equivalent
Russian: Analogue to MK-8
NATO Code: O-135
Joint Service Designation: OM-11