The TSR-2 was to provide the United Kingdom in the Cold War a supersonic low-level bomber capable of delivering conventional and nuclear weapons.

From English Electric and Vickers-Armstrong groups (later through British Aircraft Corporation BAC) came up around 1959 with the TSR-2 with an advance swept wing, twin powerful Bristol-Siddeley Olympus powerplants and very sophisticated electronics and avionics. The crew of two personnel had advanced controls including heads up displays, weapons systems, communications, forward and side-looking radars and a fully automatic terrain following capability.

The TSR-2 proved itself enough during flight test although there were the usual technical problems for such a big step in aviation technology. The TSR-2 promised to do where it was designed for. Unfortunately with rising costs and changes in politics the project was doomed. The only TSR-2 to fly was "XR219" and the overall project was stopped in 1965. Two remaining prototypes were put into museums in the UK.

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TSR-2  at Cosford 

This TSR-2 coded "XR220" was photographed at the RAF museum in Cosford (U.K.). It is one of two remaining airframes and this particular aircraft never flew. 

Photographed November 2023 by Meindert de Vreeze (c) Copyright IPMS Nederland

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Several plastic scale models of the TSR-2 have been released. In the old days there was the 1/72 and 1/48 Contrail vacuform with later a Dynavector vacuform kit. Merlin had a crude 1/72 kit was well and there was a Toad Resin in 1/72. Great Wall had a 1/144 kit. Later, Airfix released a nice TSR-2 kit in both 1/72 and 1/48 scale. One of our members made in 1/72 first the Contrail and later the 1/72 Airfix kits... see website [external link]. 


This walk around page was first created November 2023