The first all-jet anti-submarine aircraft outside the Soviet Union -- the Hawker Siddeley "Nimrod" -- has gone into service with the Royal Air Force at their base in St.
GV & SV PAN Nimrod aircraft on tarmac
SV Name on fuselage
GV R.A.F. officer points out tracking equipment
GV Crew board aircraft
SV Pilots in cockpit
GV Tail sections of Nimrod
GV PAN aircraft takes off and flies over (2 shots)
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Background: The first all-jet anti-submarine aircraft outside the Soviet Union -- the Hawker Siddeley "Nimrod" -- has gone into service with the Royal Air Force at their base in St. Mawgan, Cornwall. Airmen at St. Mawgan are being trained in the operation of the new aircraft, which can seek out and eavesdrop on enemy submarines. According to R.A.F. men, Nimrod is the envy of American and British Commonwealth air forces.
Nimrod tested its reconnaissance ability during the recent Soviet naval exercises in the Atlantic. It can travel at five hundred miles an hour to patrol areas and fly at low altitudes during tracking operations. It is believed the South African Government is interested in using the aircraft to patrol sea routes around the Caps of Good Hope.
Introduction of the Nimrod to the Royal Air Force represents an advance of thirty years -- until now maritime patrols have first introduced in the 1940's.