Nimrod Boys: True Tales from the Operators of the RAF's Cold War Trailblazer

Nimrod Boys: True Tales from the Operators of the RAF's Cold War Trailblazer


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Nimrod Boys is a complementary book to Nimrod Rise and Fall from acclaimed author Tony Blackman. It is a collection of over twenty firsthand accounts of operating the Hawker Siddeley Nimrod – an aircraft which served at the forefront of the Cold War. As the first jet-powered maritime aircraft, it could reach critical points for rescues or for operational requirements in rapid time. Its outstanding navigation and electronics systems also allowed the Nimrod to be a first-class machine in antisubmarine warfare.

The book focuses on the Nimrod’s UK-based and worldwide operations. With detailed accounts of the Nimrod’s role during the Falklands Campaign and in later conflicts such as the First Gulf War to modern-day anti-drug smuggling operations in the Caribbean. There are also descriptions of the Nimrod’s achievements in the International Fincastle Competition – where RAF squadrons competed against counterparts from Australia, Canada and New Zealand.

With a variety of perspectives on Nimrod crew life, including from a female air electronic operator, readers will find dramatic, engaging and occasionally humorous stories. One flight test observer also reflects on the canceled Nimrod MR4 project.

Nimrod Boys, written by Tony Blackman with Joe Kennedy and with a foreword by AVM Andrew Roberts, is more than worthy addition to the celebrated 'Boys' series.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781911621270
Publisher: Grub Street
Publication date: 05/19/2019
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Tony Blackman has spent his life in the aircraft industry as a test pilot, as an avionics specialist and then on the Board of UK Civil Aviation Authority as the Technical Member.

Joe Kennedy served as a police constable in the London Metropolitan Police Force before joining the RAF as an AEOp in September 1979. His time on the Nimrod was at RAF Kinloss flying with 201 and 206 Squadrons. He retired from the RAF in September 2011 and has been working in law enforcement since.

Table of Contents

Foreword Air Vice-Marshal Andrew Roberts 7

Preface and Acknowledgements 9

Chapter 1 Nimrod MR2 and AEW Flight Testing Sir Charles Masefield 12

Chapter 2 Four Years on the Kipper Fleet Jim Walls 26

Chapter 3 A Fincastle Surprise and an Orient Express Colin Munslow 35

Chapter 4 Cold War and the Elinor Viking Andy Trotman 45

Chapter 5 An Overseas Winner Colin Pomeroy 53

Chapter 6 51 Squadron Nimrod RI Jim Walls 68

Chapter 7 Nimrod Operations Jim Lawrence 80

Chapter 8 Early Operation Corporate - Falklands 1982 Michael Norris 93

Chapter 9 Anti-Submarine and Other Operations in the 1980s Joe Kennedy 108

Chapter 10 Argentina and the Falklands Derek Straw 124

Chapter 11 Falklands and the Harpoon Missile Andy Nash 136

Chapter 12 AS.12 Missile and Post-Falklands Operations Andy Collins 149

Chapter 13 Support and Search and Rescue and Other Stories David Haigh Michael Norris John Burkey Ray Carran 'Moose Moxon' Jeff Price Ian Hampton 164

Chapter 14 Iraq and Later Operations Joe Kennedy 191

Chapter 15 Nimrod Girl Shelley Faulkner 205

Chapter 16 Some Later Memories Justin Morris 219

Chapter 17 From the Past to the Future Mark Faulds 228

Chapter 18 Farewell Robert Trowern Bill Speight 234

Epilogue 242

Appendix 1 On Time and On Budget - Nimrod MR1 Flight Testing John Smith 243

Appendix 2 MRA4 - An Open Letter to the Prime Minister Andy Trotman 247

Acronyms 249

Index 251

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