TSR2 - The Untold Story

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War Documentary hosted by Richard Vaughan, published by Impact Image as part of the Classic British Jets series in 2005 - English narration

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The TSR2 was a technological triumph for Britain; a world beating tactical, strike and reconnaissance aircraft years ahead of its time. It carried four on-board digital computers to process radar information. It could deliver its weapons load to a target 1000 nautical miles away from a runway just 600 yards long. Flying at ultra low level at the speed of sound it would have been able to pass under Soviet radar/air defence screen undetected. It would have been the most powerful weapon in the NATO arsenal. And yet it was destined never to see service. Why?

The fascinating story behind the cancellation of the TSR2 project is one of international intrigue and high stake politics. It ended in 1965 when a 200,000,000 pound aircraft project was reduced to just 50,000 pound worth of scrap metal and the future of Britain as a world leader in aviation was put in jeopardy.

When the order came for the TSR2's cancellation, the prototype, construction jigs, design papers and film records were all ordered to be destroyed. Despite this, unique film material did escape destruction and has remained hidden in vaults - until now.

The makers of this unique DVD have been given exclusive access to a substantial amount of original film archive material whish has never been made available before. Much of this is in pristine condition and includes stunning air to air sequences of the TSR2 in flight, take offs and the first flight. Also featured are exclusive interviews with leading politicians of the time, senior RAF officers who were closely involved with the TSR2 programme and the chief test pilot.

The American F-111 Fighter bomber program began around the same time as the TSR2. As the F-111 was billed as being a cheaper alternative to the TSR2 and able to be developed more quickly, the British Government decided to cancel TSR2. In the end the F-111 proved to be both very expensive and was much delayed in getting into production.

Extra's included are Mini Documentary: The legacy of TSR2 (6mins) Documentary: The F-111 Ardvaark profile (25mins)

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Video Codec: XviD ISO MPEG-4
Video Bitrate: 1522 kbps
Video Resolution: 640x480
Video Aspect Ratio: 1.333:1
Frames Per Second: 25.000
Audio Codec: 0x2000 (Dolby AC3) AC3
Audio Bitrate: 256kb/s CBR 48000 Hz
Audio Streams: 2
Audio Languages: English
RunTime Per Part: 54:49.760
Number Of Parts: 1
Part Size: 700Mb
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