How to Build an Aircraft Carrier

Fascinating piece on the Beeb about the difficulties involved with building the British Navy’s new aircraft carriers:

“It’s the biggest shipbuilding project for the Royal Navy ever and is second only in engineering terms to the Olympics,” says the man in charge of the whole project, David Downs, engineering director with the Aircraft Carrier Alliance (ACA) consortium.

“All my nights are sleepless, worrying about it,” he jokes.

The Queen Elizabeth and sister ship Prince of Wales will be far bigger than the Ark Royal but still significantly smaller than US equivalents.

Downs and his team designed the ships using computer software – every inch mapped out electronically with laser-guided measurements which ensure each part fits together.

Aircraft Carrier: A Mind-Boggling Building Job   [BBC]

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