Hawker Nimrod Mk I (S1581) [@ RAF Duxford]
The Hawker Nimrod is a single seat biplane fighter which first flew on 2nd September 1931. The Nimrod Mk I was an adaptation of Sydney Camm's Hawker Fury Fighter for operation from aircraft carriers. Its span is 3.5ft greater than that of the Fury. Later versions, the Mk II, of the Nimrod had swept back wings, a larger tail and deck arrester gear. A twin float seaplane version was also built, designed for catapult launching from 'capital' ships [see HMS Belfast on this website]. The type went into service with the Fleet Air Arm at the same time as the Osprey in 1931. Both types where represented in the mixed flight of new aircraft carried on HMS Eagle for demonstration at the British Empire Trade Exhibition, Buenos Aires, in March 1931. By the start of the Second World war only eighteen examples of the Hawker Nimrod where left in service with 753, 755, 757, 759 and 780 Squadrons. The last aircraft in Fleet Air Arm service was S1582 with 753 Squadron who used it for daily weather checks until being 'paid off' in January 1942. The Nimrod was also supplied to the Naval services of Denmark and Japan and was built under license in those countries
One of only two aircraft known to survive, S1581 is the only flying example of the Hawker Nimrod Mk I. This particular aircraft is believed to have served as late as 1938 on the carrier HMS Glorious and in the photograph is presented in the marking of 802 Squadron Fleet Air Arm.