Nimrod Mk I

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This page is about the British naval fighter Nimrod Mk I. For the other version, see Nimrod Mk II.
Nimrod Mk I
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Nimrod Mk I
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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.

General info

Flight performance

Arrestor gear
Accelerates braking by grabbing the brake cable on the deck of the aircraft carrier
Max speed
at 4 100 m394 km/h
Turn time15 s
Max altitude8 100 m
EngineRolls-Royce Kestrel IIS
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight2 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 4,100 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 387 376 8100 16.2 16.9 13.3 13.3 232
Upgraded 404 394 15.8 16.0 19.5 15.7


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
600 600 N/A N/A N/A ~11 ~5
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 260 < 200 < 260 > 200
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
609 m 630 hp N/A

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural600 km/h
Gear600 km/h
  • No armour protection
  • Self-sealing fuel tanks

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
Total cost of modifications2 690 Rp icon.png
123 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost190 Ge icon.png
Crew trainingfree
Experts1 000 Sl icon.png
Aces10 Ge icon.png
Research Aces80 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
10 / 10 / 50 % Sl icon.png
100 / 100 / 100 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Mods radiator.png
440 Rp icon.png
19 Sl icon.png
30 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
500 Rp icon.png
25 Sl icon.png
35 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Mods new engine.png
810 Rp icon.png
35 Sl icon.png
55 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
Mods armor cover.png
Mods ammo.png
440 Rp icon.png
19 Sl icon.png
30 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods weapon.png
500 Rp icon.png
25 Sl icon.png
35 Ge icon.png


Offensive armament

Ammunition1 200 rounds
Fire rate900 shots/min
Main article: Vickers E (7.7 mm)

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 aircraft 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

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Not auto controlled
Combined Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable

Pros and cons


  • Highly manoeuvrable
  • Efficient turn fighter
  • Excellent climb rate
  • Notable endurance


  • Insufficient firepower
  • Inadequate speed
  • Frail durability


Archive of the in-game description

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.



See also

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