Pssst, want a second-hand aircraft carrier? Got one going cheap, only a few million miles on the clock. Go on, would look lovely next to the mantelpiece.

Yes, the MoD has an aircraft carrier to dispose of and is looking for ideas — mostly of a heritage nature.

HMS Illustrious, or Lusty as she is known is up for grabs and anyone able to buy the ship and do something vaguely sensible with it can have it.

I am sure the various heritage groups in more obvious locations such as Southampton, Portsmouth etc are plotting and planning as I type.

However, the various outposts of the Imperial War Museum in central London, the RAF Museum in Colindale, and the Historic Dockyard in Chatham show there is interest in military history.

Lusty Up Close

So, why not set up a group to put together a bid for Lusty and moor her somewhere along the Thames in the London docks area?

Would be a good draw for tourists to the area — say near the Thames Barrier, or the O2 (heck, it might make the cable car popular).

Otherwise she’ll be sold for scrap — which seems a pity.



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  1. Terry Callaghan says:

    Soddit. It solves Boris’s airport-in-the-Thames problem. Done deal. And, dare I say it? …. Very cheap. (Besides, it’ll help settle the hackles at LHR, which are seriously up at the moment).

  2. Greg Tingey says:

    She should still be in service, flying Harriers.
    No thanks to the traitor Cameron.

  3. Greg Tingey says:

    We need defences – we ar an islan, remember?

  4. David says:

    Sadly I don’t think that there are many places for something this big to be kept , I was thinking that it would make an awesome hotel – something that gives people a taste of what it is like to live on a ship like this … good idea?

    • IanVisits says:

      “Sadly I don’t think that there are many places for something this big to be kept”

      Apart from most of the Thames east of Greenwich.

  5. IO Architecture says:

    You could do so many creative things with a ship that large. A hotel would be nice, but what about a luxury cuisine with a jazz bar? Or you could go wild and do something out the blue, interior and exterior!

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