Naval Air Power in the 21st Century

A new exhibition has opened at the Fleet Air Arm Museum to present development of the two new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers and their capabilities for the 21st Century.

The aircraft carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales are expected to enter service in 2016 and 2018.

The vessels will continue the rich tradition of Royal Naval aircraft carriers and will be the largest warships ever constructed for the Royal Navy. They will measure 280 metres (920ft) long and displace 65,000 tonnes and will carry Lockheed Martin F35B Lightening II Fighters as part of their embarked air group.

The new permanent exhibition features films showing the unique ‘building block’ construction process along with interactive displays allowing the user to manoeuvre aircraft on a flight deck and take-off.

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