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  • Hardcover: 351 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd; 1st edition (1 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184797211X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847972118
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 2.5 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 134,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Damien Burke gained an Honours Degree in Software Engineering, and has worked in software ever since from manufacturing logistics support to military systems. Gaining a private pilot's licence in 2005, Damien is also a keen aviation photographer and his work is regularly published in aviation magazines.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Waltonia on 17 Dec. 2010
Format: Hardcover
An absolutely wonderful & informative book, full of little bits you might not notice in others of its ilk. Like many of my age, I was keen to see TSR2 take to the skies and take its proud place in the ranks of British world-beating aircraft.
Sadly, it was not to be.
Politics and economics, together with inter-service rivalry, got in the way of a piece of design so far ahead of others that it was given the chop; not only the chop, but 3 months before the promised time.

The illustrations are very good, the text lucid and understandable and the photos of various bits of it make understanding what was a very complex system easily understood.

An alternative title might have been "How to design an aircraft under difficult circumstances".

It's simply that good.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By VR6 Storm on 1 Jan. 2012
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This is by far the best volume I have read on this ill fated project. Damien has done an excellent job of presenting a balanced view of the project from inception to cancellation and beyond. This story has always been, and will always be a very emotive subject, but this book gives an excellent account of the true facts. Inter service squabbling, government interference and a vague then shifting requirement, all in the times of rapidly changing world circumstances. I was a child at the time of cancellation, but remember by father (RAF Radio Tech at Wyton training on TSR2 systems) coming home utterly disappointed in the governments decision. Many good things came from this project in the end, i.e. Tornado and Eurofighter Typhoon (itself escaping cancellation against overwhelming criticism and a changing world scenario again). In many respects the cancellation of this beautiful but deadly weapons system has ensured its place in history and myth, and elevated it to a position possibly higher than if it had entered service. Additionally, the cover artwork is excellent; depicting the role this aircraft would undertake after all other means had failed.
Well done Damien 10/10
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Mike Lennard on 8 Mar. 2011
Format: Hardcover
The TSR 2, a doomed bomber project, was perhaps the poster boy of the decline and fall of the British aviation industry in the latter half of the 20th century. For those who love aircraft, it was a strikingly beautiful shape, wrapped around intricate systems and advanced technology aimed at a demanding technical specification. It showed every promise of being a true pilot's aircraft and achieving performance targets which few aircraft types would achieve even today. The other side of the coin was a mix of wishful thinking, over-reaching, messy compromise and muddled planning. The aircraft project could well have ruined its manufacturers, and possibly the nation, had it been permitted to continue. It had the misfortune to exist (fleetingly) at a time when the technology (especially electronic) which it needed was in its relative infancy and when the military-industrial complex which sponsored it was undergoing a rapid decline. This led to over-reliance on premature technologies in an environment where the inevitable cost over-runs were not sustainable.

This book is, I think, as close as possible to the definitive analysis. It could be misjudged by its lurid cover showing a hypothetical scene of the TSR 2 having failed in its avowed aim of deterrance (a scene which the author himself seems slightly embarrassed about at page 296). In fact the book appears to be the result of intense and intelligent research, marshalled together by an author who (perhaps assisted by the detachment which almost half a century brings) shows objectivity and judgment which has perhaps been lacking up until now. The evident depth of research is impressive.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Spudgun on 20 Mar. 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a remarkable book. A work of fascinating technical detail, but also military, political and scientific involvement in one of the most debated aircraft saga's. A saga of technical achievement, technical failiure, military desire and indifference, political manouverings, and business in-fighting.
I think the most important aspect to come out of this book, is the final conclusion, that the decision to cancel was justified in the end, and debumks many of the myths of the scrapping of the project.
A truly authorative book, on a very controversial aircraft.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By S Finnerty TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 Jan. 2011
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Brilliant book documents the development of one of the most enigmatic British military jets up to its final cancellation. What I find especially impressive is it does not skip over the faults and weaknesses of the design mainly as a result of a confused brief and political intervention. It also highlights the bravery and skill of the test pilots who had to cope with numerous problems such landing gear that would not go fully down. The book is extremely comprehensive documenting the design brief, the rival submissions, the political issues both from the government and the other forces and the development of the TSR2 in great detail. Many of the diagrams and photographs I have not seen before and the text is well written and extremely comprehensive without getting to dry. All in all a great read about one of the great "what ifs" in British aviation history.
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