Evaluated as it came into service, the Nimrod nonetheless proved quite a success

800 Squadron Nimrod Is, with S1621 in the foreground, run up their Kestrel IISs.

Astoundingly, the Nimrod entered service with a front-line fleet fighter flight before any evaluation had been carried out on production-standard aircraft, reflecting the urgency with which the Fleet Air Arm needed to start replacing its Fairey Flycatchers.

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