Hawker Siddeley Nimrod XV250

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Hawker Siddeley Nimrod XV250

Hawker Siddeley Nimrod, maritime patrol version of the de Havilland Comet airliner.

On display at the Yorkshire Air Museum

25 comments on “Hawker Siddeley Nimrod XV250
  1. amyrey says:

    Always proud to be British Ian and delighted we are doing our little bit for European unity. Here’s to a generation of financial strife.

    Interesting plane, but that colour is a real fashion faux pas…. get Tinny and Susannah out of retirement….

  2. SolarScot. says:

    i,m with Amy that colour is pants !

  3. Ian D B says:


    What’s so bad about Beige? Beige is the new Brown.


    You have beige pants??

  4. martin.jordan says:

    Is that really the desert pinky colour? Never realised these got sprayed that in service.

  5. Ian D B says:

    It could have been me being a bit slide happy when post processing.

    Though saying that….


  6. Martyn Fordham says:

    Superb processing…

  7. Lazenby43 says:

    made a note to get there in 2012

  8. nondesigner59 says:

    Great shot.. Nice dramatic sky.

  9. crusader752 says:

    Nice ……..’Hemp’ is the ‘official’ colour ..originally painted with a white top (to dissipate/reflect heat) and grey undersides, this then gave way to Hemp sometime around the Falklands campaign era – all good Nimrods wore it until they all faded to grey which I actually prefer.
    The desert ‘pink’ I believe was a shade different and used on Tonkas, Buccs and Jaguars in the Gulf Wars…..but the ‘sands’ of time blur the edges.
    Shame they ai’nt around no more and full marks to YAM and others for saving these beautiful birds for posterity!
    The big question is – when we scrapped our Nimrods and the ‘new’ Nimrod MRA4′ ze French were supposedly letting us share their Maritime assets…….it was always likely to be a ‘non’ before but now …will it be a ‘GRAND NON’! :-))

  10. andyholmfirth says:

    Looks good under the dark sky.That was another great proud to be British moment when the up to date ones were scrapped as they came out of the factory !

  11. cgullz says:

    such a massive aircraft – an artists palette perhaps?

    .. pass on beige, pass on brown – something retro could go down well. . how bout a Thunderbirds mural? that chick at the end swimming through the seaweeds painted along the fuse?

  12. Richard Tierney says:

    I think they might have got the colour scheme wrong here… hard to believe for YAM

    The official colour scheme for Nimrods and VC10’s was left at their normal Hemp colour

    found this

  13. gastephen says:

    Not too keen on that hue either.

    Proud to be British? Yeah, right. Really looking forward to the new geometry of the two-speed Europe. What a masterful manoeuvre that was.

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  15. mick cooke says:

    nice one ian , british aero space nr stockport, ask for a visit they make them there or use to

  16. Billy Currie says:

    Yes very nice under that dark sky, big looking machine

  17. Tech Owl says:

    Looks impressive and that dark sky adds to it

  18. Ray~Watson says:

    Great shot, the sky adds real drama to the shot… nicely captured!

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  20. pasujoba says:

    I,m sure to be proud of being English Ian . British too at a push 🙂

  21. f3liney says:

    Yayyy! – says this observer 🙂
    This was the first Nimrod I ever worked on – still has a couple of my structure repairs on it!

  22. Ian D B says:


    How cool is that!

    You weren’t responsible for the paint job, though…?

  23. f3liney says:

    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/maycontaintracesofnuts] Ha 🙂 No, that ‘hemp’ paint job dates back to the early 80s. Get this… I recall the reason was to supposedly camouflage the jets against the buff concrete hardstandings when parked on the flightline. The Victor tankers got done too. After a few years the round black smudge of spilled oil and tyre scuffs on the concrete made the planes stand out anyway!
    I like the grey scheme more.

  24. Mrs McG - East Yorks says:

    Great sky – reminded me of our visit there to see their Model Aircraft last summer – sat inside the car out of the rain watching the end of the display!

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