Aviation Photo #0747978: BAC TSR-2 - UK - Air Force


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  • Alex Hall
    UK - Air Force
    BAC TSR-2
    BAC TSR-2
    BAC TSR-2
    BAC
    XR219
    Boscombe Down
    England
    United Kingdom
    1965
  • 493

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#0747978
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January 03, 2005
Caption
XR219 launches skywards, unsure as to which flight this was. Note the chase plane
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Comments (39)

Anonymous
10 years ago
This shot of the TSR 2 is fantastic. It shows the shear power of what could, and should, have been. I would dearly loved to have seen this ac fly.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Exceptional historical value combined with fabulous framing, powerful and dramatic setting and very nice colour spectrum (afterburner) - THE BEST EVER TSR2 picture ? My vote !
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great aircraft , great photo
Anonymous
8 years ago
It looks like a bird is trying to fly with his wings clipped. I mean, the wing surface is just too little compared to the modern jets!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Absolutely fantastic picture of a rare craft during spectacular take off!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Aaaah. If only!
Anonymous
8 years ago
Looks like a bird trying to fly with its wings tied behind its back. I mean, the wing surface looks way too tiny when compared to modern jets!
Anonymous
7 years ago
AWESOME, what a sight
Anonymous
6 years ago
What a creepy devilish looking jet
Anonymous
6 years ago
What a spectacular picture of such historic value! And the chase... is that a Meteor?
Anonymous
6 years ago
If only we could have all seen this, stunning shot.
Anonymous
6 years ago
I remember the day well,I was on nightshift at the time preparing for the first flight,at the time we were on cloud nine with no idea of what was to happen.As one of SPERYS/MORGANS few we had lived it right from assembly at Weybridge thro transit to Boscombe(accident on arrival)reassembly,system testing,ground runs,first flight,cancellation,and subsequent transfer to BAC111 as a field rep,but thats another story.Keith HAYLOCK.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Very scary looking jet. Anti-flash white paint adds to the scare. Looks quite powerful too.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Just impressing, what a bird and what a days those!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Really awesome. What a days those.
Anonymous
6 years ago
I visited Duxford in March and saw their TSR-2 display bird, what an amazing shape. They say this jet would have been a game-changer. What a shame.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Awesome aircraft and truly historic footage.
Anonymous
5 years ago
Outstanding photo, but at the same time reminds the sad fact that the UK aircraft industry diminished a lot during the last 40 years.
Anonymous
5 years ago
OMG...If it's British it has to be ugly!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Ugly! What are you talikng about? Have you seen the footage of this aircraft on youtube? This is a stunning aircraft from a time when the British aviation industry was leading the world with new innovations such as the TSR2, this aircraft was way ahead of it's time. Unfortunately, it was a victim of a Labour government!
Anonymous
5 years ago
What a precious shot of what would've been a spectacular airplane. She was so far ahead of her time that it would quite possibly have still been in service today. Another case of politicians getting in the way....
Anonymous
5 years ago
Great photo, but I have to agree.... That is one ugly beast!
Anonymous
5 years ago
What is wrong with you people? Ugly? I suppose you think the Nimrod and Victor are ugly too? The Hunter too plain? I cant imagine what you say about the Vulcan or the Lightning. Sheesh!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Ugly??? how could anyone say that. Please for those who think this beauty is an ugly machine, watch the footage on youtube of this fine british lady absolutely gorgeous. 5/5 stars for this piece of history.
Anonymous
5 years ago
Ugly..!!?? Yer she's not quite a 757 but shes far from ugly. British aircraft are renowned for being "slightly less attractive" than others, but they're by far the best and most famous of any... :)
Anonymous
5 years ago
Beast with a horrific look!!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Such a special bird. Should never have been cancelled. This photo is pure action, from the reheat flames to the Meteor chasing.
Anonymous
5 years ago
Awesome on so many levels
Anonymous
5 years ago
Fine shot of this historic aircraft. Although I am a huge fan of 1960s machines, I have to confess this is not the most beautiful from this angle. Like most aircraft it would be a much prettier if the undercarriage was raised. Even so it comes nowhere near the Lightning, Victor and especially Hunter (possibly the most beautiful jet design ever?), I think it is something to do with that huge flat slab of a forward fuselage. Thanks for the picture.
Anonymous
5 years ago
An image of raw power on the onset only to be shot down by politics and choked with the purse strings of government penny pinchers. It was a similar case of the Canada's Avro CF-105 Arrow killed by Prime Minister John Diefenbaker in 1959. Wonder what could have been if both had survived!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Very unique design ! especially the gear config .. thanks for the shot
Anonymous
3 years ago
Blast off! And who's saying this bird's ugly? I'm not seeing any ugly a/c here.
Anonymous
3 years ago
Beautiful picture!
Anonymous
3 years ago
It does look like a bird with clipped wings. Sorry, but while it may be a piece of mechanical genius, it is aesthetically embarrassing.
Anonymous
3 years ago
POWER!!! As much as I love the Meteor, I think it may have been a bit inadequate for this job, though I think they also had a Lightning. Great shot of two great a/c!
Anonymous
3 years ago
Great!
Anonymous
2 years ago
The chase plane and this plane look as far apart in development as.....as....as the Meteor and the TSR-2. Travesty. This aircraft should have been in NATO service till at least the 1980s. The US A-5 Vigilante came before it but Britain needed their own vaunted aviation technology and selecting American designs based on cost was foolish on the part of the politicians. Penny wise and pound foolish. By the way, they never did buy the F-111 did they? Then why did they cancel this one?
Anonymous
2 years ago
There's something almost... Soviet(?) in the imposing brutality of the TSR-2 design. The wings really do look almost too small to lift the fuselage off the ground... anyone know the rated takeoff speed?
Anonymous
7 months ago
A rare and dynamic shot. 5 stars!