BAC TSR.2: Camouflage and Markings (Model File Series) Paperback – 30 Jul 2009
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Traces the counter-factual history of what would possibly have occurred had TSR.2 actually entered RAF service. This book looks at various squadrons that were to be equipped with the type, the weapons systems that were to have been employed and the color schemes and markings the aircraft would have carried.
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Chapter 1 looks at the military / political context that gave rise to the operational requirement that created the TSR.2. This involved not only creating the design but the company structure that was to build it.
The following two chapters examines the expansion of the TSR.2 mission to encompass the strategic deterrent role, interesting in that the intended role of OR343 was a Canberra replacement, i.e. a tactical aircraft. Again, the political and financial contexts are explained in some detail. Well illustrated (in colour) with period photos, advertisments and drawings (by Andy Evans) of the various proposals. Among it's other firsts, the TSR.2 seems be one of the earliest British examples of developing a weapon system rather than simply an aircraft.
Chapters 4 through 7 look at how the TSR.2 could have been deployed by the RAF in the 60's, 70's and 80's illustrated with drawings of likely camoflage schemes. Thoughtful evaluations of ideas such as the TSR.2 Interceptor proposal make it clear that the author is not of the school of "The one-plane air force".
The final chapter looks at potential outgrowth projects including swing-wings.
Overall, this volume represents excellent value for money, being a very useful reference for model builders and a concise summary of an important piece of recent aviation history.
Useful further reading is John Forbat's book on developing the TSR.2 nav-attack system
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Where the other two books focus on the plane's development, testing, and ultimate demise, this one focuses on how she might have been used had she entered production. This book presents 75 color profiles of potential TSR.2 configurations (some are single side-views, some are full four-views, most are two-views: side and dorsal or ventral,depending on which best illustrates the configuration being shown).
31 of these show potential conventional, nuclear, and stand-off weapons she might have carried, and the configurations in which they would have been borne, and all of these are clearly documented with the MoD, MoA, RAE, RAF, or industry proposals that they reflect. Many of these also include additional schematics of proposed weapons. Where Lucas knows how this was projected to be, he says so. Where he is speculating in the absence of documentation, he says so, but it doesn't stop him from making a good two-view profile of what we can project from the various uncompleted projects. And not just weapons, these also include recce packs, buddy refueling stores, and countermeasures (chaff) installations.
42 of these show operational paint schemes from what had already been planned for the TSR.2 fleet, or projecting from what the RAF ended up doing in later years with the aircraft they did buy. These profiles range from 1966 to 1980, and cover Operational Conversion Units, operational Strike and Recce squadrons, and later test aircraft. They include the contemporary grey/green over white and grey/green over grey schemes, plus the later wrap-around schemes and possible arctic and desert schemes, inspired by actual Buccaneer, Phantom, and Tornado units who used those schemes. These operational paint schemes are all carefully documented and based on existing 1964 planning, including the "Spotswood Report" which projected the size, organization, and use of the TSR.2 force into 1980. All of the squadrons that the aircraft are illustrated with (3, 6, 9, 12, 13, 14, 17, 31, 32, 40, 45, 58, 81, 617 Squadrons, 237 OCU, plus testing establishments) are discussed in the text explaining why these are the logical squadrons, starting with 1964 plans and going through their RAF seniority, historical re-equipment, disbanding, and reformation. All of the paint schemes are drawn from actual RAF standards, either projected for the TSR.2, or historically established (but with planes other than TSR.2s), and include all of the British Standard (BS) colour codes that a modeler would want.
The last 2 color profiles of the 75 are the actual prototypes which were built. There are an additional handful of additional profiles of other aircraft, including a Hawker Hunter which might have been assigned to one of the TSR.2 OCUs, and a P.1154.
In all cases, the profiles and surrounding text are documented as to why that visualization was arrived at. This book is not a speculative, "here's what the TSR.2s did in the Aden Crisis, or at the Falklands," as that it not the way Lucas thinks. He projects what was planned, what actually happened, and overlays the TSR.2 onto that careful framework, allowing the reader or modeller room to fantasize from a very well-grounded starting point.
This is a ferociously serious, detailed, careful review of what might reasonably have turned out to be the TSR.2's service life, and more than that, is a feast for the eyes. "Alternate Histories" or "Counter-Factuals" are not always careful in this regard, but this book runs completely counter to that trend. Lucas presents what might have been, why he says that, and provides very nicely projected, realistic visualizations. This book is why they have 5-star reviews. Buy it now, while they still have some. I bought two.
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