HMS Illustrious, in 1989

HMS Illustrious, in 1989

Officers, HMS Illustrious, 1898

Officers, HMS Illustrious, 1898

UK’s Wildcat helicopter makes debut landing aboard HMS Illustrious

UK’s Wildcat helicopter makes debut landing aboard HMS Illustrious

The UK Royal Navy's new Agusta Westland Wildcat maritime attack helicopter has made its debut landing aboard the Invincible-class aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious during an anti-submarine exercise, Exercise Deep Blue, off Cornwall in the Atlantic.

The Royal Navy got a sharp taste of what the Mediterranean war held in store when HMS Illustrious was bombed during the first Luftwaffe attack in the area.

The Royal Navy got a sharp taste of what the Mediterranean war held in store when HMS Illustrious was bombed during the first Luftwaffe attack in the area.

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.

Retirement date for HMS Illustrious

Retirement date for HMS Illustrious

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