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Nimrod boys : true tales from the operators of the RAF's Cold War trailblazer / Tony Blackman and Joe Kennedy.

By: Blackman, Tony [author.].
Contributor(s): Kennedy, Joe [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: London : Grub Street, 2019Description: 1 volume ; 23 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781911621270; 1911621270.Subject(s): Great Britain. Royal Air Force -- History | Great Britain. Royal Air Force | Cold War (1945-1989) | Nimrod (Reconnaissance aircraft) -- History | Cold War -- Personal narratives, British | Air power -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century | Air power | Nimrod (Reconnaissance aircraft) | Great Britain | 1900-1999Genre/Form: History. | Personal narratives -- British.DDC classification: 358.40094109045
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

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.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Foreword (p. 7)
  • Preface and Acknowledgements (p. 9)
  • Chapter 1 Nimrod MR2 and AEW Flight Testing (p. 12)
  • Chapter 2 Four Years on the Kipper Fleet (p. 26)
  • Chapter 3 A Fincastle Surprise and an Orient Express (p. 35)
  • Chapter 4 Cold War and the Elinor Viking (p. 45)
  • Chapter 5 An Overseas Winner (p. 53)
  • Chapter 6 51 Squadron Nimrod RI (p. 68)
  • Chapter 7 Nimrod Operations (p. 80)
  • Chapter 8 Early Operation Corporate - Falklands 1982 (p. 93)
  • Chapter 9 Anti-Submarine and Other Operations in the 1980s (p. 108)
  • Chapter 10 Argentina and the Falklands (p. 124)
  • Chapter 11 Falklands and the Harpoon Missile (p. 136)
  • Chapter 12 AS.12 Missile and Post-Falklands Operations (p. 149)
  • Chapter 13 Support and Search and Rescue and Other Stories (p. 164)
  • Chapter 14 Iraq and Later Operations (p. 191)
  • Chapter 15 Nimrod Girl (p. 205)
  • Chapter 16 Some Later Memories (p. 219)
  • Chapter 17 From the Past to the Future (p. 228)
  • Chapter 18 Farewell (p. 234)
  • Epilogue (p. 242)
  • Appendix 1 On Time and On Budget - Nimrod MR1 Flight Testing (p. 243)
  • Appendix 2 MRA4 - An Open Letter to the Prime Minister (p. 247)
  • Acronyms (p. 249)
  • Index (p. 251)