Nimrod Mk I
|This page is about the British naval fighter Nimrod Mk I. For other version, see Nimrod Mk II.|
The Nimrod Mk I is a rank I British fighter with a battle rating of 1.0 (AB/RB/SB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.
|Characteristics|| Max Speed
(km/h at 4,100 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
|Combat flaps||Take-off flaps||Landing flaps||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
|Wings (km/h)||Gear (km/h)||Flaps (km/h)||Max Static G|
|Optimal velocities (km/h)|
|< 260||< 200||< 260||> 200|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|609 m||630 hp||N/A|
Survivability and armour
- No armour protection
- Self-sealing fuel tanks
The Nimrod Mk I is armed with:
- 2 x 7.7 mm Vickers E machine guns, nose-mounted (600 rpg = 1,200 total)
Usage in battles
The Nimrod Mk I has inadequate speed, but makes up for it with an excellent climb rate that will get it above most other biplanes. It is also a highly manoeuvrable. Being slow makes it easy prey to faster fighters, but that's where the manoeuvrability can come in play to avoid being a easy prey for superior fighters and make them bleed their energy.
Like Fury Mk I, Fury Mk II, and Nimrod Mk II, the Nimrod Mk I is lacking in firepower, only armed with two Vickers E (7.7 mm) machine guns. Lacking in firepower doesn't mean it's useless, most aircraft at the battle rating are very lightly or not armoured at all which makes even the Vickers able to shoot down engaged aircrafts with some ease, though not as efficient as I-15 with its four machine guns.
Enemies to be aware of are aircraft like I-15 and Ki-10 which are able to out-turn the Nimrod and in the case of the I-15 being able to outgun it. Another aircraft to be wary of is He 100 D-1 being able to out-run and out-gun the Nimrod, it will mostly use its superior speed to make passes on the slower aircraft.
Manual Engine Control
|Controllable|| Not controllable
Not auto controlled
| Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
|Combined|| Not controllable
|I||Fuselage repair||Radiator||Offensive 7 mm|
|II||Compressor||Airframe||New 7 mm MGs|
Pros and cons
- Highly manoeuvrable
- Efficient turn fighter
- Excellent climb rate
- Noteable endurance
- Insufficient firepower
- Inadequate speed
- Frail durability
A single-seat, carrier-borne biplane fighter of composite structure, this aircraft was created by Hawker Aircraft Ltd and based on the Hawker Fury land-based fighter. In early 1930, Hawker Aircraft Ltd built two prototypes, which initially had the unofficial name of "Norn", at their own expense. In serial production, the aircraft came to be designated the Hawker Nimrod.
In early 1931, the first Hawker Nimrod prototype was sent on the aircraft carrier HMS Eagle to Buenos Aires as part of the British Empire Trade Exhibition. The first production fighter’s maiden flight took place on October 14th 1931. By 1932, Nimrod Mk.I fighters began to replace the Fairey Flycatcher in Great Britain's Fleet Air Arm squadrons, at this point still under the control of the Royal Air Force. The Nimrod first entered service with 408 Flight onboard HMS Glorious in November 1931, followed by 402, 404 and 409 Fleet Fighter Flights in 1932.
The aircraft was equipped with a 590 hp, liquid-cooled, Rolls-Royce Kestrel IIS engine.
The main external differences between it and the Hawker Fury were its strong landing gear legs with longer-stroke shock absorbers, its enlarged fin, increased wingspan and the extended area of its forward fuselage's metal skin. Flotation devices were fitted in the upper wing and the fuselage tail section to help the aircraft to remain afloat in the event of a forced landing on water. Stainless steel parts were incorporated in the wing and engine mount fittings to protect against corrosion. For carrier take off and landings, the cockpit was shifted forward slightly to improve visibility, although the first Nimrods to enter service were not equipped with an arrestor hook. Float-type landing gear could also be installed on the aircraft.
The Nimrod’s armament consisted of two synchronized 0.303 inch Vickers Mk.IV machine guns with 600 rounds each mounted on the forward fuselage. The aircraft was able to carry up to 80 lb (36 kg) of bombs on underwing hardpoints; usually this was made up of four 20 lb (9 kg) bombs.
After the first Nimrods entered service, 19 of the fighters were equipped with arrester hooks, catapult fittings, and a pilot seat headrest fairing to ease catapult strain. Subsequently, some of these modifications were made to aircraft which had been produced earlier.
A total of 57 Hawker Nimrod Mk.I fighters were built.
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|Hawker Aircraft Limited|
|Biplane Fighters||Fury Mk I · Fury Mk II · Nimrod Mk I · Nimrod Mk II|
|Hurricanes||Hurricane Mk I/L · Sea Hurricane Mk IB · Sea Hurricane Mk IC · Hurricane Mk IIB/Trop · Hurricane Mk IV|
|Typhoons||Typhoon Mk Ia · Typhoon Mk Ib · Typhoon Mk Ib/L|
|Tempests||Tempest Mk V · Tempest Mk V (Vickers P) · Tempest Mk II|
|Other Fighters||Sea Fury FB 11|
|Jet Fighters||Hunter F.1 · Hunter F.6 · Hunter FGA.9 · Sea Hawk FGA.6|
|Export||Sea Hawk Mk.100 · ▂Hurricane Mk IIB|
|Captured||▀Tempest Mk V|