Air Enthusiast 1995-09
T.Buttler - Strike Rivals
Three of the development batch of Blackburn B.103 Buccaneers including the first prototype XK486, flying on March 26, 1959. Buccaneer variants featured throughout the GOR.339 competition and beyond TSR.2 itself.
Blackburn B.108.
A poor quality but very rare illustration of the ‘interim’ design for a modified Sea Vixen with fuselage extension for extra fuel. Capacity was eventually increased by extending the tail booms on the FAW2 version.
General arrangement drawing of the modified de Havilland DH.110.
A beautiful study of the first TSR2 prototype during taxiing trials.
The ‘winner’ gets airborne for the first time from A&AEE Boscombe Down, September 27, 1964.
TSR-2 XR219 in flight - the only example of its type to get airborne.
Touch-down, XR219 lands back at Boscombe Down following its first flight.
Striking view of XO-1 XR219 with the undercarriage and flaps down, established on approach.
Turning finals for the first landing.
TSR.2 prototype XR219 ended its days at the Proof & Experimental Establishment, Foulness Island, Essex.
TSR2 shown during one of its all too few test flights with air-brakes deployed.
Another view of the ‘winner’ of GOR.339... XR219 languishing at Foulness, 1971.
The unflown XR222 is preserved at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford. XR220 is displayed at the Aerospace Museum, Cosford.
Configuration of the Vickers-Armstrong (Supermarine) Type 565, showing its Scimitar lineage.
Company photograph of the Bristol 204 model.
The Bristol 204 model is now part of the RAF Museum’s collection at Cardington.
The Bristol 204.
Hawker P.1129 general arrangement.
P.17 with trapezoid foreplanes and rear fuselage engines tunnel tested during December 1956 to February 1957.
The final tendered P.17 configuration arrived at in spring 1957.
English Electric P.17 with trapezoidal wing podded engine layout drawn around October 1956.
P.17 as a podded delta dated about November 1956.
Wind tunnel model of the Avro 739.
Avro 739 original layout.
Artist’s impression of the de Havilland GOR.339.
The de Havilland GOR.339 proposal.
A view of the Fairey GOR.339 model showing just how graceful this aircraft would have been.
Model of the Fairey GOR.339 held at Cardington for the RAF Museum.
Fairey’s canard delta submission to GOR.339. Fairey rarely allocated project numbers to its designs.
The crude Handley Page design used to assess possibilities for GOR.339. A butterfly tail arrangement was utilised.
Vickers-Armstrong (Supermarine) Type 571 - general arrangement of the small single-engined aircraft.
Type 571 large aircraft configuration with two RB.142 engines.