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By Tony Blackman

The scrapping of the Nimrod software has been some of the most debatable occasions within the army aviation global for plenty of a yr. for many of its operational existence, from 1969 so far, its contribution to the safeguard of the world and its position in offensive tasks was once, of necessity, usually shrouded in secrecy. It was once the 'eye within the sky' which was once totally very important to a bunch of actions - from anti-submarine and anti-surface conflict, to help of land battles during the international, to the Falklands crusade, to battling drug-running, the Nimrod's unsung position was once paramount. And now the united kingdom is bereft of this kind of multi-tasking reconnaissance plane. the entire tale of the Nimrod, and its value, now has to be informed. Tony Blackman, who was once there at the start, test-flew approximately each airplane and used to be at Kinloss at the very day the undertaking was once canceled, has written this well timed ebook, Nimrod upward push and Fall, masking each part of its heritage, its guns method advancements and its tragic injuries. He writes in an approachable manner, making technical matters comprehensible yet his conclusions will, unavoidably, no longer be welcomed by way of everyone.

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"..covers each aspect of Nimrod's heritage, its guns platforms, advancements and its tragic accidents... Tony Blackman writes in an approachable means, making the technical jargon effortless to understand... lovely book"Airfix version global

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NIMROD RISE AND FALL

The scrapping of the Nimrod application has been the most debatable occasions within the army aviation global for lots of a yr. for many of its operational lifestyles, from 1969 up to now, its contribution to the safeguard of the world and its function in offensive tasks was once, of necessity, usually shrouded in secrecy.

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The Nimrod won thirteen times and shared the trophy once in the years up to 2005. The RAAF won six times and shared twice, the RNZAF won seven times and shared once whilst the Canadian Air Force won five times and shared once. The form of the competition changed again in 2006 so that it was held during routine exercises. It is sad to think that the RAF can no longer take part, thus emphasizing the current deficit in the UK defence capability. Nimrod equipped for Middle East operations In 1976 a bit of realism was added to the competition.

Unfortunately, this duct many years later proved to be a subject of great controversy, possibly causing the crash of an aircraft and the grounding of the whole Nimrod fleet. Second prototype XV147 (AHC) From an aircraft handling viewpoint the only difficulty that Jimmy and I found was with the ailerons which had rather a lot of friction and backlash and, together with the spring feel, made the aircraft unpleasant to fly. We went to John Cunningham and asked him about this rather unsatisfactory artificial feel and I well remember what he said: ‘Yes, I don’t know why they made them like that’.

However, some deserve special mention: Ian Marshall who sent me verbatim accounts of his flying as did Andy Collins, Terry Earl, Jim Lawrence, Joe Kennedy, Wils Metcalfe, Colin Pomeroy, ‘Roxy’ Roxborough, and Paul Warrener. I have also been greatly helped by Brian Cushion, David Emmerson, Ian Hampton, Chris Herbert, Sir ‘Win’ Harris, Al Mackie, Sir Charles Masefield, Garry Porter, Robbie Robinson, Peter Rosie, Bill Speight, Drew Steel, Doug Torrance and John Turner, to name but a few! I must apologise for not listing everyone with whom I have been in contact, but I am so very grateful for all the help I have received.

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