Sarah Pepper, PA to Guy Black of the Historic Aircraft
Collection (HAC), reports that their Hawker Nimrod II (G-BURZ)
completed its first post-restoration flight at Duxford on 16 November
2006. The uneventful flight lasted 20 minutes and the aircraft
This original aircraft was discovered on
a dump near Ashford, Kent, and is thought to have been damaged in
extensive raids on nearby Lympne airfield where it was probably in use
as an instructional airframe at the Fleet Air Arm Engineering School
early in WW II.
The restoration took some twelve years to
complete and was described as challenging. The Nimrod II is a far more
complex aircraft than the Nimrod I, an example of which (G-BWWK,
exchanged with The Fighter Collection at Duxford for their Hurricane
G-HURI)) was also restored by HAC's restoration arm, Retrotec Ltd.
Hawker Nimrod Flies
The Mk II differs mainly from the Mk I in having swept upper
an air-start system allowing off-base operation, and a more powerful
Rolls-Royce Kestrel engine with a highly complex steam condensing
Many parts had to be remade at great
including 6.00 X 19 balloon tyres specially commissioned from Dunlop
Aviation; this will benefit other Hawker biplane rebuilds.
The Nimrod II will be appearing at
airshows in 2007. To book contact HAC at