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HMS Illustrious (R87) portaerei della classe omonima - Ordinata 13 gennaio 1937 Varata 5 aprile 1939 Entrata in servizio 25 maggio 1940 Caratteristiche generali Dislocamento a pieno carico: 19.121 Lunghezza 227 m Larghezza 29 m Pescaggio a pieno carico: 8,5 m Propulsione 6 caldaie Admiralty a 3 corpi cilindrici; 3 turbine meccaniche Parsons con tre eliche; 110.000 CV Velocità 30,5 nodi (56 km/h) Autonomia 11.000 mn a 14 nodi (20.000 km a 26 km/h) Equipaggio 1.200 uomini

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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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Twenty one Swordfish were launched from the new aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious for the raid on Taranto. Fifty per cent losses were expected.

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