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Nimrod Mk.II


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.


The Nimrod 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 some for export to Japan, Denmark and Portugal.

Nimrod Mk II
Engine: 1 x Rolls-Royce Kestrel VFP, 453kW
Max take-off weight: 1841 kg / 4059 lb
Empty weight: 1413 kg / 3115 lb
Wingspan: 10.23 m / 33 ft 7 in
Length: 8.09 m / 26 ft 7 in
Height: 3.00 m / 9 ft 10 in
Wing area: 27.96 sq.m / 300.96 sq ft
Wing loading: 13.53 lb/sq.ft / 66.00 kg/sq.m
Max. Speed: 168 kts / 311 km/h / 193 mph
Cruise speed: 100 kts / 185 km/h / 115 mph
Service Ceiling: 8535 m / 28000 ft
Endurance: 2 h
Armament: 2 x 7.7mm machine-guns, 4 x 9kg bombs
Crew: 1

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