HMS Illustrious could become commercial heliport

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The UK Ministry of Defence is looking for ideas on how best to preserve the last of the Royal Navy's Invincible Class aircraft carriers. We believe it could become a commercial heliport serving the City of London.

Last year the MoD announced that the 22,000-tonne ship, which is due to retire in 2014, will be preserved in some form. Private companies, charities and trusts have been invited to sugggest ideas for the ship's future use.

The MoD wants it to remain in the UK. Bids for the vessel's future use must include plans for part or all of the ship to be developed for heritage purposes. Surely that makes a heliport option quite an attractive prospect? It could take up half the flight deck, one of the lifts and a proportion of the hangar, which could also be used for maintenance services. Add some sound-proofing and the rest of the ship could be used for other purposes.

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