Hawker Nimrod


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Hawker Nimrod

The Nimrod was basically the FAA version of the Fury single-seat interceptor fighter. In general arrangement and construction it was almost identical to the Fury and was fitted with a 440kW Rolls-Royce Kestrel IIS supercharged engine (later replaced by the Kestrel V on Mk IIs). It was, of course, strengthened for catapulting and carried more comprehensive equipment and extra fuel.

Hawker Nimrod

The Nimrod, like all other Hawker products of the period, embodied the Hawker-patented system of metal construction, all but the first three stainless steel Mk IIs being built of ordinary steel and duralumin. Apart from simplicity of construction, this system allowed maintenance and repairs, if necessary, to be undertaken by unskilled labour and with the simplest of materials. Armament comprised two forward-firing Vickers machine-guns, plus optional light bombs; equipment included a wireless, oxygen apparatus, hoisting gear and electrical equipment.

A total of 54 Mk Is and 27 Mk IIs were produced for the FAA, plus a handful for export to Japan, Denmark and Portugal.

Hawker NimrodA three-view drawing (600 x 462)

 MODELNimrod Mk II
 ENGINE1 x Rolls-Royce Kestrel VFP, 453kW
  Take-off weight1841 kg4059 lb
  Empty weight1413 kg3115 lb
  Wingspan10.23 m34 ft 7 in
  Length8.09 m27 ft 7 in
  Height3.00 m10 ft 10 in
  Wing area27.96 m2300.96 sq ft
  Max. speed311 km/h193 mph
  Cruise speed185 km/h115 mph
  Ceiling8535 m28000 ft
 ARMAMENT2 x 7.7mm machine-guns, 4 x 9kg bombs

Hawker Nimrod

Glenn Ridsdale, e-mail, 21.03.2018 20:52

The drawings are inaccurate. As your photos (and my own) clearly show, the Nimrod had no wing sweep.


Philippe Cantinaux, e-mail, 17.12.2008 01:39

The Portuguese Nimrod is a mystery. It exists only on the British document (a.o from Hawker) and on none Portuguese document or other source. Furthermore, the only fighers in service in Portugal at this time (a 'Squadron' of 3 Hawker Fury) belong to the Army Aviation. Was this plane lost 'on route', sent to Spain (no exhaustive list of Spanish Republican AF aircraft exhists) or to another destination? Or did it arriove in Portugal to serve as a source of spare?


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