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difficult to resist with the Amazon discount
on 12 January 2011
A fairly readable history of the development of the TSR-2, with photographs drawn from the BAE Systems Heritage archive at Warton. Difficult though to describe it, as Amazon do in their blurb, as a photographic history. While there are some lovely colour shots sprinkled throughout the work, McLellands earnest tome has been produced by Classic Publications for Ian Allan and as such is designed down to a budget and format - the text packed into its 120 pages so densely that it is uncomfortable to read and Caruana's profile artworks spread over two pages with most of the drawings lost to the tight page binding. No museum or walkaround photos for modellers and only a page or two of equipment drawings. However the Amazon discount certainly invites a purchase if you only need one volume on the type on your shelves as Mr Balch says. McLelland looks more at the developmental side of the story rather the political shenanigans which he appears to dismiss as the work of alarmists and dreamers - "..both Jenkins and Healey offered BAC the opportunity to continue flying, therefore the notion that they had any interest in destroying TSR2 is patently wrong.." So there were no conspiracy theories - just an advanced new aircraft type that may or may not have performed. Given the array of cutting edge early 1960s technology then being designed for it, you suspect the author rather feels it wouldn't have.