hms illustrious - ah yes, when the UK had an aircraft carrier.

hms illustrious - ah yes, when the UK had an aircraft carrier.

Sea Harrier, HMS Illustrious, HMS Southampton, Al Muzzar, HMS Cornwall, circa 1991.

Sea Harrier, HMS Illustrious, HMS Southampton, Al Muzzar, HMS Cornwall, circa 1991.

The British Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious (87) at sea in the Indian Ocean between 27 March and 18 May 1944, while operating with the U.S. Navy carrier USS Saratoga (CV-3).

The British Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious (87) at sea in the Indian Ocean between 27 March and 18 May 1944, while operating with the U.S. Navy carrier USS Saratoga (CV-3).

Illustrious HMS Illustrious cutting through the water at speed to enable aircraft to land on her deck. This WWII photo( taken in the period 1940-1942) was taken just after a Swordfish had made a landing. The deck crew are taking it to the forward lift.

Illustrious HMS Illustrious cutting through the water at speed to enable aircraft to land on her deck. This WWII photo( taken in the period 1940-1942) was taken just after a Swordfish had made a landing. The deck crew are taking it to the forward lift.

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