Thanks for the great discussion! Though inevitably, some posts didn't even mention the TSR-2, I think they're on topic just the same as the capabilities of contemporary designs are important for an evaluation, too!
So it seems that no one here really thinks that there were any insurmountable problems with the TSR-2, regardless of whether it was the right design for the role. I'd say that from your comments, the level of mismanagement and the margin of the cost overrun of the TSR-2 seems to have been nothing special compared to that of other contemporary projects, especially the F-111 which was designed in the USA for the same role.
Does that sound like a reasonable summary?
NothingYou forget that both the RAF and RAAF were down for buying F-111....as well as TSR2...Remember the Canberra bomber...so good that the Yanks bought it....Now what would happen if the TSR2 was better than the F-111????????
That's the same crap some Canadians try to say about the AVRO Arrow.The TSR2 program may have been cancelled by American pressure to stop any competitor getting orders....so the F-111 would have a clear run so to speak.
Also the nuclear deterent switched to Polaris subs and no longer the RAF.
The TSR2 would have been a belter...no question.