Thunder & Lightnings

Hawker Siddeley Nimrod

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XV230 profile

Nimrod MR.1 XV230, Maritime OTU, RAF St. Mawgan, October 1969; Jake Wallace
Initial MR.1 fit - first aircraft delivered to the RAF
Initial scheme of white over light aircraft grey with black radome tip

XV250 profile

Nimrod MR.1 XV250, 203 Squadron, RAF Luqa, 1974; Damien Burke
Initial MR.1 fit
Slightly later scheme of white over light aircraft grey without black radome tip
Nicknamed 'Smiley' from the briefly worn shark mouth marking (sadly unpopular with the CO!)

XW666 profile

Nimrod R.1 XW666, 51 Squadron, RAF Wyton, April 1982; Damien Burke
Initial R.1 fit
Later scheme of hemp over light aircraft grey with toned down roundels except below wings
Nicknamed 'Damien' or 'The Beast' for obvious reasons

XV243 profile

Nimrod MR.2 XV243, St. Mawgan Wing, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii, 1986; Damien Burke
Initial MR.2P fit without wingtip ESM pods and small finlets
Later scheme of hemp over light aircraft grey with light roundels
This aircraft was comprehensively 'zapped' by VP-17 'White Lightning' crews with the application of the VP-17 badge on the side of the port nose, rainbow and lightning flash on port fin. XV242 was identically 'zapped'. The starboard side did not have these decorations, but did have a dark blue stylised goose silhouette above the forward bomb day door, courtesy of VP-22 'Blue Geese'.

XV231 profile

Nimrod MR.2 XV231, 120 Squadron / Kinloss Wing, RAF Kinloss, March 2010; Jake Wallace
Final MR.2 fit
Final overall camouflage grey scheme

XW664 profile

Nimrod R.1 XW664, 51 Squadron, RAF Waddington, March 2011; Jake Wallace
Final R.1 fit
Final overall camouflage grey scheme

XV249 profile

Nimrod R.1 XV249, 51 Squadron, RAF Waddington, June 2011; Jake Wallace
Final R.1 fit
Final overall camouflage grey scheme with light aircraft grey upper fuselage
Commemorative markings with RAF Waddington badge on port fin, RAF Wyton badge on starboard fin, 51 Squadron red goose on both sides of the nose