So…as usual…going down the Strike Fighters rabbit hole leads me to messing with INI files. I’m using Stary’s awesome SARCASM environment mod which changes the clouds and sky stuff…but I’m finding I’m not liking the amount of purple in the sky. I’ve managed to find almost all of the proper entries in the ENVIRONMENTSYSTEM.ini file, but am stuck on getting one type of cloud un-purpleized…
It was a travesty that it was canceled because, despite being well over budget, the hard part was already done, and the prototype was not only flying, but meeting or exceeding expectations in all areas. What strikes me as particularly sinister was the way they destroyed all the tooling, jigs etc in what looks like a determined effort to kill the project completely with no chance of ever reviving it. There was more to this than the project being over budget.
Of course, if the TSR-2 had gone into service, there probably wouldn’t have been a Tornado, at least in the form we know it.
It must have been exciting to work on this aircraft @Sine_Nomine, which would have made it a very bitter pill to swallow when the axe fell. I’m sure there are a lot of Canadians who feel the same way about the Arrow.
To answer the original question, Yes they had those bombs in the early 90’s…that is the 199p’s…they didn’t have them in the 1890’s
Re TSR2, I’ve seen a short documentary on it. YouTube maybe? I’ll look. Agree, a wonderful aircraft killed by politics.
Interesting factoid, the F-111 was also supposed to go to the Navy as the F-111B. There were problems. It was underpowered. At a Congressional inquiry on the issue,Vice Admiral Tom Connolly was asked if stronger engines-more thrust- would make the F-111 an acceptable Navy fighter. He answered, “Senator, there is not enough thrust in all of Christendom to make the F-111 a fighter.”. (or words to that effect).
The Navy F-111 program was cancelled. The F-14 was its replacement and named the “Tomcat” in the Admiral’s honor.