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Nimrod—the UK’s maritime hunter

22 June 2016


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BAE Nimrod MR2 maritime patrol aircraft (note the four wing root mounted engines and low ground clearance)—Crown copyright image

Hawker Siddeley heavily modified the de Havilland Comet 4 to give the UK a maritime patrol aircraft. Later versions became airborne early warning as well as electronic intelligence aircraft. Hawker Siddeley has become BAE.

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BAE Nimrod MR2 maritime patrol aircraft in-flight (note the antennae pods s well as small vertical tail fin)—Crown copyright image by Derek Bower

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BAE Nimrod MR2 maritime patrol aircraft at rest (note the prominent aerial refueling boom)—Crown copyright image

2 Comments leave one →
  1. shortfinals permalink
    22 June 2016 09:29

    I found myself on the periphery of the NImrod story, during part of my life. For a time I worked at RAF Finningley, in South Yorkshire, the home of No 6 Flying Training School. The RAF’s 6FTS was the premiere school for graduating Navigators (many of whom went to the Nimrod squadrons). It also turned out Flight Engineers and Air Electronics Operators both of classes were headed towards the Nimrod (mostly).

    As well as this, the Engineering School at Finningley was heavily involved in trying to make the ill-fated AEW.3 version of the Nimrod work. Sadly, the idea of using TWO radars (one nose, one tail) to generate an AWACS-style image just didn’t happen!

    When RAF Finningley closed, I found myself posted to RAF Waddington – where the super-secret R.1 NImrods were based……..interesting times.


    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      22 June 2016 10:59

      Wildly interesting Ross 🙂 The military services do have the best toys.

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