“I’m excited and thrilled to have achieved this, the whole team is,” Mr Wilson told the US Department of Defence.
“It’s an inherently risky manoeuvre.
"We have always understood it is safer to stop before you land than it is to land before you stop and the prime reason for that is that if something goes wrong with the aeroplane it is far better for it to be stationary than a rolling wreckage.”
“I’ve worked on this for the past 17 years; it’s fantastic to know that it’s matched the modelling and simulation we have done over the years.
"I’ve flown over 2,000 SRVLs in the simulator, and am honoured to have been able to do the first one on board HMS Queen Elizabeth here today.”