The Hawker biplanes were widely known for their sweet handling, and the Nimrod was absolutely no exception

Pilots were advised to maintain careful control in a high-speed dive, as demonstrated by a Nimrod I.

The Sea Hornet, which became the original Nimrod when it was renamed in 1930, was a delightful aircraft to fly with highly impressive performance for the time. The report from the A&AEE test pilots states, “All aerobatic manoeuvres can be carried out easily due to the very light and powerful control over the whole range. The aircraft is very comfortable and easy to fly under all conditions. The aircraft spins smoothly and easily, and recovery can be effected easily after reversal of controls, in under two turns”. They enthused that it was, “A splendid aircraft to handle in the air and should be very easy to land on a deck.”

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