Young pilot makes history with first deck landing on HMS Queen Elizabeth

A Merlin helicopter lands on HMS Queen Elizabeth’s enormous flight deck – the first aircraft to ever touch down on Britain’s biggest warship.

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HMS Queen Elizabeth & F-35B Lightning CGI Tour

Take an animated tour of the fifth generation F-35B Lightning and the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier, the largest ship to be ever constructed in Britain for the Royal Navy.

GALLERY: HMS Queen Elizabeth Shaping Up

After being officially named on July 4th 2014 her hull finally touched water on July 17th 2014. Since then work has progressed on completing the 60,000 ton carrier that the Royal Navy has staked its future on. Fitting out will take until at least the end of 2015 after which the crew will move aboard in May 2016. Once stationary training has been completed the ship will begin a series of sea trials in August 2016 in order to achieve its current delivery date of May 2017. Flight trials with helicopters should then begin in 2017 but the F-35B trials wont begin until the end of 2018.