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Let's take a peek at national suicide.

We'll focus on the British, since they're the best at it.

In 1957, the British military announced that it needed a replacement for the English Electric Canberra bomber.

By 1960, the newly formed British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) had developed the TSR-2, a stunningly advanced design.

It was a two-seat tactical bomber.

The TSR-2 could flew Mach 1 at 200 feet.

It could also cruise at Mach 2 at high altitudes.

No other aircraft could touch it.

When the test pilot revved it up to Mach 1 at 200 feet, the chase plane--an Electric Lightning fighter--was unable to fly beside it.

The fighter pilot said the buffeting was too strong.

But the TSR-2 test pilot said the plane was stead as a rock.

So what happened?

The British LABOUR party demanded that the aircraft be scrapped due to costs.

The Labour party campaigned on cancelling the TSR-2, so the government took the unprecedented step of showing the first two production aircraft under construction.

The finished aircraft was revealed in 1964.

HOWEVER.

The American company General Dynamics wanted to sell their F-111 Aardvark to the British.

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