Aviation Photo #0979919 BAC TSR-2 - UK - Air Force

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Seen here shortly after being rolled out following a 18 month restoration programme. The aircraft was moved to the £25 million AirSpace Museum hangar. XR222 was the forth production aircraft and was incomplete when the project was cancelled. It was allocated to the Cranfield Institute of Technology prior to be transferred to the Imperial War Museum.
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    XR222
    Duxford
    England
    United Kingdom
    December 16, 2005
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Anonymous
10 years ago
Superb shot of a superb aircraft,it dosn`t look dated at all!!ahh nostalga at it`s very best.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Clean & crisp. Well positioned to show off the salient points of the aircraft.
Anonymous
10 years ago
Reminds me of the famous X-3 Stiletto. WOW! T.B.
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
10 years ago
Subject moving from left to right, important that 60% of item is exposed. Also no glare, and it contrasts well with it's background. Says a lot about the photogs ability to "cram"..it might have been a touch lower in the pic' but not bad, it really doesn't need a "take-off" scenario. The jet speaks for itself while just parked or taxi-ing?
Anonymous
6 years ago
Wasn't this a prototype to test the engines later installed on the tornado? Great shot!
Anonymous
6 years ago
Wonderful picture of a wonderful aircraft. To the poster below from Belgium, no this aircraft was definatly not a prototype to test the RB199 engines on the Tornado! It was a wonderful tactical strike reconnaissance (hence TSR2) aircraft that was ahead of its time and cancelled by the idiots in government at the time.
Anonymous
6 years ago
The UK needed money from the IMF. The IMF said yes but, under pressure from the USA, you have to cancel some projects, starting with TSR2. Not only cancel it but dismantle the manufacturing equipment as well. Then the US stepped in & offered the UK F111s which were nearly purchased.
Anonymous
6 years ago
During 1973-76, I did my B.Sc. in Aeronautics and Astronautics at University of Southampton, in UK. We started the first year with 37 students including one girl (JDD) and finished the course with 26 people. One of our aircraft studies classes was with Mr. Bergin (I hope my recollection of names and their spelling are correct. This goes back to more than 35 years ago!). We were told that Mr. Bergin was number 6 man on the TSR-2 project. One morning one the students drew a TSR-2 on the blackboard with a tractor towing it. The story was that the aircraft needed a very long runway to take-off. Needless to say the artwork on the blackboard did not go down well with Mr. Bergin. If you look at the aircraft picture, you see the small wing which if I remember correctly did not employ fancy high lift devices. Later (second or third year) we attended the one-week aircraft performance/stability & control course at the Cranfield Institute of Technology (now a university) and this TSR-2 was there for us walk around it and touch a piece of history. At the time this aircraft was used for training technician and there were no engines on the aircraft.

The aircraft had two airbrakes towards the rear of the fuselage. Apparently, it was not possible to close these airbrake completely (to be flush with fuselage) during flight.

I had a chance to visit Southampton in summer of 2009, and walk around the university. I went to the Tizard building (Aero & Astro eng dept.). The only person from my days still
Anonymous
5 years ago
A lovely shot showing off this wonderful aircraft. It was criminal that it was cancelled. Such a beauty.

Hi to the Southampton graduate in the comments. I graduated from the same course in 2009 and it sounds like it hasn't changed much.

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