A collection of pictures of a BAC TSR.2 cockpit section on display at the Brooklands Museum in Surrey.
All photos were taken on April 5th 2016
Photos: Tony Wilkins
This TSR.2 nose section was not built for fitting to a completed aircraft but was intended for testing purposes and as such bears a superficial resemblance to an actual cockpit section. According to Thunder-and-Lightnings the tests were to centre around the ejection seat and air conditioning systems but when the project was cancelled it was used for thermal and materials tests in the Concorde programme. It was also used for birdstrike testing which involved firing bird carcasses at various speeds into the windscreen – as if the TSR.2 story wasn’t degrading enough!
As you can see from the pictures, the elements have not been kind to this piece of aviation history. It’s a real shame.
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