Aviation Photo #0979918: BAC TSR-2 - UK - Air Force


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  • Mike Freer - Touchdown-aviation
    UK - Air Force
    BAC TSR-2
    BAC TSR-2
    BAC TSR-2
    BAC
    XO-4
    XR222
    Duxford
    England
    United Kingdom
    December 16, 2005
  • 605

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Photo ID
#0979918
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Accepted
December 21, 2005
Caption
Seen on the active ramp prior to being moved to the £25 million AirSpace Museum hangar. The aircraft had just been rolled out after completion of an 18 month restoration programme. The aircraft was the forth production airframe and was incomplete when the project was cancelled. It was allocated to the Cranfield Institute of Technology prior to being transferred to the Imperial War Museum.
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Comments (65)

Anonymous
10 years ago
A very nice picture of this unique and beautiful restorated bird!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Unique, rare aircraft and beautiful catched light scenery !
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great shot.. Almost looks animated.
Great work Michael.

Benjamin Freer
Anonymous
10 years ago
Nice angle and light!
Anonymous
10 years ago
One of the best picture I have seen on this site !!! Well Done !
Anonymous
10 years ago
Outstanding shot!
Spencer Wilmot.
Anonymous
10 years ago
AMAZING aircraft in amazing lighting. Superb photo.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Superb Picture

Andrew
Anonymous
10 years ago
What if... Magnificiently restored!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Beautiful image, nice angle and nice light. Thanks for uploading.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Aaaaah , Beautiful shot Michael!! If only someone could fly it again and you could get some great aerial photographs!! Dream on!! Thanks for the photo!!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Still (after all these years) a futuristic looking aircraft. You have captured this beauty in a light that only enhances its 'magical' charisma. How could any government destroy such a wonderful achievement in the world of (military) aviation?
Sigh!

J.C.
Anonymous
10 years ago
This is my personal "Photo of the Year 2005"! And it is on my Desktop... and i think for a long time. Superb photo, thank you :-)
Anonymous
10 years ago
On the active ramp ... if only .... looks like it's just ready for the pilot to climb aboard and take her up, doesn't it ...
Anonymous
10 years ago
Classic shot of a classic plane
Anonymous
10 years ago
I like the mood of this picture. The light is just great a very special picture with a very special mood.

Great work
Severin
Anonymous
10 years ago
Pure and clean design. Cannot tell if photo is in color but who cares? Rare bird appears to be moving fast while standing still and is ahead of its' time.
Anonymous
10 years ago
From this angle and with those colors, it looks like Batman´s plane. Really awesome! T.B.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Waw
Anonymous
10 years ago
It looks threatening. Beautiful picture!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Only one word can be said when looking at this photo, or indeed the TSR2. Wow!
Anonymous
10 years ago
Thunderbirds are go...WOW looks like a scene from a sci-fi film.
Anonymous
10 years ago
You know, with its nose wheel engaged, is gonna take-off... Oups, you're wrong little french guy. Here is the TSR-2, the "may be best plane ever" they didn't want.

Cry and enjoy !

Thanks for this wonderful pic that feeds back (is it correct ?) all the drama of this aircraft. A fast and handsome plane which prefers darkness to light.
Anonymous
10 years ago
This photograph makes the TSR2 look like a sinister, predatory bird. Most appropriate, considering its intended role.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Nice picture,the aircraft with the cloudy sky behind it looks great,it's like a scene out of a scifi movie.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Ghostly looking thing, an excellent photo.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Excellent lighting and angle of a strange aircraft.
Anonymous
10 years ago
A dramatic photograph of a dramatic aircraft destroyed under dramatic circumstances to Great Britains shame.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Best pic of a plane i have been i love with since it first blasted over st marks school on the very edge of salisbury plain in 1964.possibly the best plane ever designed ?
Anonymous
10 years ago
....simply....and truly.....beautiful..... I can't wait to see it at Duxford this July the day after Riat 06. My desktop until I ever see a better picture (if that is possible!). Alan.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Great shot!
Anonymous
10 years ago
This photo captures the beautiful lines of an aircraft way ahead of it's time. Politicians hang your heads in shame for the destruction of the British Aircraft Industry!!
Anonymous
9 years ago
The light in the pic, the moment the picture was done, the airplanetype unusual to see
Anonymous
9 years ago
Brilliant! Ten out Ten!
Anonymous
9 years ago
Great photo,the TSR2 should still be flying
Peter
Anonymous
9 years ago
Magnificent!
Anonymous
9 years ago
This is a great angle and has dramatic lighting, it makes the tsr look like an eagle waiting to strike.! And hey at least the Brits have a complete example of their governments short sightedness, all Canada has left of the Avro arrow is the nose section and one of the main undercarriages.
Anonymous
9 years ago
A wonderfully evocative picture that leaves me wodering "What if it had'nt been cancelled...?"
Anonymous
9 years ago
A wonderful balance between the silhouetted lines of the TSR2 and the curves highlighted by the reflected skylight.
Anonymous
9 years ago
There is a simple elegance here - probably enforced by the almost black & white effect - and the drama of the sky accentuates the tragedy of the TSR-2 story.
Anonymous
8 years ago
It is really effective because the colours match the time of day. I wish the TSR2 was still flying.
Anonymous
8 years ago
So rare
Anonymous
8 years ago
There are some great photos of this superb aircraft already out there...but this one somehow captures what was not to be..the implied threat, the menace as it simply stands like a bird of prey, you just know in seconds it could go from looking the part to being airborne and delivering a supersonic attack under the enemy defences and be home before the dust settled. Even the gloomy sky somehow adds to the overall effect. A truly great shot,if i'd taken this I would now have sold the camera gear and taken up fishing as i'd never be able to top this one.
Anonymous
7 years ago
0 mph never looked so fast...
Anonymous
7 years ago
What an Amazing photo! I'm speechless, the darkness makes truly amazing.
Anonymous
7 years ago
WHAT an aircraft. Wow just look what Britain can (or should that be could) do... :)
Anonymous
6 years ago
Amazing picture, amazing aircraft. Attractive and badass-looking.
Anonymous
6 years ago
Awesome. Breath taking.
Anonymous
5 years ago
Wow, even though this Aircraft was built on 1960's, it's still looks like a futuristic aircraft
Anonymous
5 years ago
OMG...If its an ugly one its got to be British!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Ugly?? The TSR.2 has to be the Slickest-n-Sexiest strike aircraft ever! It would've flown circles around the F-111
Anonymous
5 years ago
Great picture. I had never heard of this aircraft until today!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Beautiful lighting and composition - a truly amazing photo of an amazing aircraft.
Anonymous
5 years ago
"would've flown circles around the F-111"? In your dreams. TSR.2 was and always will be overrated. Nice looking plane though
Anonymous
5 years ago
Well.....I have never seen or heard of this plane before now. Yes, I agree, it's a very "dramatic" photo.
Having just said that........It's not the least bit "pretty"! It may be "ahead of it's time", it may any number of things, but "pretty" it's not !
But a great photo of a "not pretty" plane..............
Anonymous
5 years ago
Dreams of what could and would have been... Who knows how far and what this magnificent aircraft could have been developed into. It was designed as a fighter interceptor not a fighter bomber like the F-111, the Mirage and many other terrific aircraft. Sadly the British politicians of that era where as short sighted then as they are today.

Politics aside as a Photo this is actually a VERY GOOD and Very emotional image. The background captures the dark skies that seemed to haunt the project all the while showing off what a cutting edge design it was. Well done!
Anonymous
5 years ago
NICE!!
Anonymous
5 years ago
Awsome man
Anonymous
4 years ago
A beautiful shot of an awesome machine. Sad it's early demise.
Anonymous
4 years ago
This could/should be a book cover! Iconic shot of an iconic plane. Even the dark clouds above it are symbolic...
Anonymous
4 years ago
Beautiful, brilliant, stunning shot of undoubtedly on of the best a/c to fly, but not reach production! Britain always had the best aviation industry, it's a shame politics interfered. Beauty, functionality and performance, British a/c had (and the few still being built still have) it all!
Anonymous
3 years ago
I guess cockroaches DO fly! :)
Anonymous
2 years ago
This could easily be the best picture at airliners.net
Anonymous
2 years ago
Shot at an unflattering angle but least it's in focus.
Anonymous
1 year ago
Epic picture of an enigmatic and controversial aircraft, magical colors and atmosphere. This is oneof the most beautiful pictures I've seen here. Thanks for sharing! -Zoydian.