British Aircraft Corporation TSR2 - Links, References & Credits
- Carlo Kopp's Profile - The BAC TSR2 is an excellent article including a good technical description of the aircraft and two 'What if?' colour profiles.
- TSR-2: The Plane That Barely Flew from Peter Antill is another good article on the type with an impressive list of references.
- What If Modellers Forum - TSR2 section - plenty of discussion about building models of TSR2s in speculative in-service schemes.
- Wikipedia entry for the TSR2. A much improved entry compared to back in 2010!
References - Books & Films
TSR2 - Britain's Lost Bomber by Damien Burke
Published by Crowood, 2010
Naturally I'm biased but I think this is the reference work on the TSR2! 351 pages covering every aspect from the background to the requirement, competing designs to GOR.339, design and build, test flying, structure, electronics, weapons, the cancellation and unbuilt versions. Over 400 illustrations, many in colour. More info here.
TSR2 - Lost Tomorrows of an Eagle by Paul Lucas
Published by SAM Publications
An entertaining look at what might have been if the aircraft had entered service, with bags of colour drawings showing wild and wacky weapons loads and various RAF paint schemes (no foreign ones though - a major missed opportunity). Generally well researched but occasionally hard going especially when you get into details like paint formulations. Well worth getting hold of and a good companion volume to my own book.
TSR2 With Hindsight
ISBN 0 9519824 8 6
Published by RAF Historical Society, 1998
A short print run make this a tricky title to get hold of - thankfully it can be downloaded as a PDF file from the RAF Museum website, here (Journal 17B). It contains accounts of the various discussions held at a seminar on the TSR2 held in 1997, attended by many of those involved with the project. Refreshingly open and critical of all that went wrong, this is a warts and all overview and a must-read.
TSR-2 Phoenix, Or Folly? by Frank Barnett-Jones
ISBN 1 870384 27 X
Published by GMS Enterprises
A detailed account of the TSR2 programme (from before it started right up to the restoration of XR222) that used to be regarded as the TSR2 bible, though it turns out that there are quite a few errors in it. The author was involved in the restoration of XR222 at Duxford, and the book is understandably scathing of the treatment the programme received from the government. Includes information on the whereabouts of all known remaining TSR2 components at the time. Recommended. It was reprinted in 1998 but is currently once again out of print.
Wings of Fame volume 4 by Bill Gunston
ISBN 1 874023 71 9
Published by Aerospace Publishing Ltd.
The ever-excellent series of volumes includes this one which is worth buying for the TSR2 article alone, never mind all the other excellent articles. Development history, technical description, detail colour images, cut-away and colour profile. Some inaccuracies and obviously retouched photos detract from the article.
Historical Series No.15: Olympus - The First Forty Years by Alan Baxter
Published by The Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust
Includes around 25 pages on the development of the Olympus used in the TSR2 with several black and white pictures. Also has Vulcan material; well worth getting hold of.
The Murder of TSR-2 by Stephen Hastings
Published by MacDonald, 1966
The title says it all really. The content is non technical, dealing a great deal with the politics surrounding the cancellation and backed up by a fair amount of factual information especially concerning costs. The author was at the time a Conservative MP and a director of Handley Page Ltd. Because it was written shortly after cancellation it has virtually no hindsight element to it, which makes it worth seeking out and reading as long as you bear in mind how much of the real problems of the project were unknown publicly at the time. Extremely one-sided of course, and rare these days so can be very expensive.
Phoenix Into Ashes by Roland Beamont
ISBN 7183 0121 8
Published by William Kimber, 1968
Long out of print, this is the TSR2's original test pilot's account of his flying career, with a section on the TSR2. If you can find a copy, worth a read.
Testing Early Jets by Roland Beamont
Published by Airlife, 1990
Includes a chapter on the TSR2 with 6 pictures and a mass of flight log information.
The Years Flew Past by Roland Beamont
Published by Airlife, 2001
Includes some mention of the TSR2 but by this time Bea appeared to be writing from memory without checking his own logbooks - and gets badly confused about which flight was which. For the record, when he mentions flight 3 he means flight 5; flight 4 means flight 7; flight 5 is flight 5! He also mentions a major technical problem with the undercarriage on flight 1 - there was no such problem, as he makes clear shortly afterwards, and also makes an error about the speed at which he deployed the braking parachute on flight 1.
Project Cancelled by Derek Wood
Covers a number of experimental types and nearly-made-it programmes, including the TSR2. Both the 1975 and 1986 editions devote one chapter to the 'run up' to the TSR2 and one chapter to the TSR2 itself. Long out of print but often available second hand at fairly reasonable prices.
British Experimental Jet Aircraft by Barry Hygate
Published by Argus Books, 1990
Includes 13 pages on the TSR2 with a double-page layout of artwork/diagrams.
English Electric Aircraft and Their Predecessors by Stephen Ransom and Robert Fairclough
Published by Putnam
Design, development and histories of every English Electric aircraft, including a good but dry section on the TSR2. Recommended generally, but not a book purely on the TSR2.
TSR2 - The Untold Story
Published by DD Video
A video/DVD on the TSR2 affair, worth getting for the sequences of the TSR2 flying alone. Uses much footage from the time interspersed with interviews with many surviving personalities that were involved. Dennis Healey is the only 'anti-TSR2' figure to take part in the film, which is accordingly highly weighted towards the whole 'murder of a superjet' view of things. Highly recommended for the flying scenes; not quite so much for the numerous inaccuracies - Beamont in particular by this time was coming out with some clearly inaccurate statements e.g. talking about burning airframes, with magnesium parts "burning like a holocaust" - the TSR2 contained no magnesium and no airframes were burned, only a wooden mockup.
References - Magazines
- Aeroplane Monthly, November 1985: part 1 of Roland Beamont's Testing the Ultimate Bomber article.
- Aeroplane Monthly, December 1985: part 2 of Testing the Ultimate Bomber.
- Aeroplane Monthly, January 1986: part 3 of Testing the Ultimate Bomber.
- Aeroplane Monthly, July 1997: Concept versus Reality - part 1 of Frank Barnett-Jones' article re-examining the evidence on how good the TSR2 really was. Interesting reading, plus several rare pictures (some in colour).
- Airscene No. 1 compiled by Philip J. R. Moyes published by Ian Allan. A picture book from 1970 that includes eight pages of large monochrome pictures of the TSR2, including a few pictures rarely if ever seen elsewhere, and a colour picture on the cover.
- AIR Enthusiast volume 14 published by Key Publishing Ltd.; 16 pages on the TSR2 including 4 colour pictures, many technical diagrams, 2 pages of 3-view and various monochrome pictures.
- AIR Enthusiast volume 59 published by Key Publishing Ltd.; ISSN 0143 5450: Strike Rivals - The Ones That Lost When the TSR2 Won by Tony Buttler. Operational requirement, development history and line drawings.
- AIR Pictorial, December 1963: TSR2 Unveiled - John W. R. Taylor's article on the TSR2, with a prophetic opening paragraph (for all the wrong reasons). Some monochrome images of the first example under construction, and a nice if innacurate 3-view drawing.
- AIR Pictorial, September 1964: part 1 of a TSR-2 article.
- AIR Pictorial, October 1964: part 2 of a TSR-2 article.
- AIR Pictorial, November 1964: part 3 of a TSR-2 article; 2 pages with 2 pictures.
- AIR Pictorial, December 1974: BAC TSR-2 - short article from Elfan ap Rees but a good selection of monochrome pictures.
- AIR Pictorial, September 1978: part 1 of Graham Wilmer's TSR-2 article. In total the article includes a number of black and white pictures (including a few rarities!), various drawings and diagrams and even a big 3-D cutaway.
- AIR Pictorial, October 1978: part 2 of TSR-2 (covers requirement, performance, weapons and weapons delivery with diagrams showing attack profiles, weapon loads and recon pack).
- AIR Pictorial, November 1978: part 3 of TSR-2.
- AIR Pictorial, December 1978: part 4 of TSR-2 (covering the cancellation).
- AIR Pictorial, September 1981: Rebuilding TSR-2 by G. Wilmer - 4 pages.
- Battle of Britain Yearbook, September 1963: Under the Radar Screen article by Sir George Edwards.
- FlyPast, May 1981: Martyrdom of a Super Jet by Jeff Daniels with contributions from Roland Beamont.
- FlyPast, November 1989: Scrapped! by Frank Barnett-Jones. Article on the death of the TSR2; 4 pages including some nice colour pictures.
- Scale Models International, May 1995: Embarassing white elephant? A review of the Resitech 1/72 resin, white metal and etched brass model kit.
- Take Off number 11: TSR-2 - Born to bomb. Excellent article starting off with a great painting of a camouflaged operational TSR2, has history, pictures (both colour and black and white), colour 3-view, diagram of blown flap system, mission profile and 3D cutaway.
This section would have been greatly the poorer without contributions from the following - so many thanks to (in
BAE Systems Heritage, Frank Barnett-Jones, Phil Callihan, Dick Clements (RIP), Burkhard Domke, Keith Dugan, Martin Gatter, IR & AL Fowler, Tony Hewitt, Rick Kent, Garry Lakin, Evan L. Mayerle and Martin Pengelly.
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