HMS Illustrious Fly Past - Liverpool
BETWEEN 22 October
2009 to 27 October 2009 the UK's flagship HMS Illustrious was
berthed in Liverpool. Her visit made just as big an
impression, thanks to Her impressive image as HMS
Royal did in 2008, on the people of
Merseyside. HMS Illustrious is
one of the Royal Navy's most widely used ships, taking part in
everything from Maritime Strike to Evacuation Operations. Her
motto then, means “No Uncertain Sound” suits "Lusty", as she known
fondly by all on board. She is as an impressive 209m long
and powered by 4 gas turbine Olympus engines propelling Her 22,000
tonnes of displacement at speeds in excess of 30 knots.
As part of the celebrations to mark the 100 year anniversary of
British naval aviation on Friday, 23 October 2009 containing
40 current and historic helicopters performed a fly-past down the
Mersey. On deck as the fly past shot over HMS Illustrious was the Duke of York,
who is the Commodore In Chief of the Fleet
Air Arm. He later met war veterans and officials onboard.
The flypast included Merlin, Sea King and Lynx
Helicopters as well as Harrier GR9 fighter planes. Throughout Her
visit, air shows and static displays demonstrated past and
present Royal Naval Flight, that goes back further than the RAF! We
would like to thank Rensburg
Sheppards for their help.
see more photographs of taken on he Friday.
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