From experience, BAE would propose the Dalek one and build the Salt and Pepper one saying that was what was ordered in the first place and if you refuse to accept that they will be forced to lay off a thousand very angry Scots.
That helps a lot. The side lifts are a brilliant innovation. I remember being told ( after the event) about the lift being stuck, not quite up when they had aircraft flying. (Yes hubby was one). Unfortunately they were also non diversion. So it was very tense when it came time to recover the planes. They got it fixed, just in time, but it involved flying round and round the ship in case they had to ditch.
I was very relieved when he left the navy.
Photos from very late last night. HMS Queen Elizabeth passed under the bridges about 11.45pm going 7 knots, which is a struggle to photograph in pitch darkness when she had next to no lights on. Hence the slight blur on the boat. Half second exposure with SLR on the tripod.
She went clear of all 3 bridges in around 7-8 minutes. So she was shifting.
I would guess well over a 1000 people even at that time of night turned out to watch her go. The traffic was chaos, total grid lock for 20 minutes after. Didn't get to my bed until 0040 then couldn't sleep as my head was buzzing
Amazing sight, such a big boat. Hugely impressive.
She cleared the bottom of the river with 500mm to spare and cleared the Forth (rail) Bridge with 1500mm to spare.
I will probably never she her again, she is off to live in Portsmouth.
Once in a life time. So glad I went.