posted on Jun, 2 2006 @ 10:16 PM
You know you have a real performer when you can outrun one of the fastest accelerating fighters in service. And that's what TRS.2 did. It was
perhaps the best designed supersonic aircraft ever flown (minus the details of the landing gear and engines). In that form, Britian would have joined
the Mach 3 club in no time, and had low level toughness to boot. Take an SR-71 low level at Mach 1? Bye-bye Blackbird. Or the MiG for that matter.
In it's short life, it exceeded the expectations of who built it and challenged it. A bomber with all the grace of a fighter and the strength of a
tank. Fast up high and down low. No aircarft has yet matched it.
As for the first sentence, the TSR.2's only supersonic flight was over the Irish Sea, escorted by a Lightning T.5, which is not slow by anyone's
standards. And yet, when the Lightning lit both it's burner, and the TSR only one, the Lightning was left behind.