Sunday, October 14, 2012

Donald Bowen

XR219, the first British Aircraft Corporation TSR.2, took off on its maiden flight at 1528hr local time on Sunday, September 27th 1964. The white-painted strike/reconnaissance aircraft is based at the Ministry of Aviation's Aeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment at Boscombe Down, Wilts, and was flown by Mr R. P. Beamont, BAC deputy chief test pilot, and Mr Donald Bowen, BAC chief test navigator, TSR.2.