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Is The Shorts Belfast Freighter Still Flying?  
User currently offlineEI321 From Iraq, joined Jul 2009, 0 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4537 times:

Just wondering if anybody knows of the whereabouts of the ex-Heavylift Shorts Belfast. AFAIK it went to Austrailia for use there a number of years back but thats the last I heard of it. I remember seeing this massive plane a number of times in DUB when I was a kid.

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User currently offlineCV580Freak From Bahrain, joined Jul 2005, 1033 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4509 times:

I believe it is still in BNE, not sure if airworthy though


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User currently offlineRAFVC10 From Spain, joined Sep 2005, 1980 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 4506 times:
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From heavyliftcargo.com

Rushing back from extensive maintenance at Prestwick in Scotland after the “mercy dash” to deliver the replacement NZ America’s Cup contender NZL81 to trials in Valencia after the unfortunate problems with NZL82, the HeavyLift Belfast took on a new mission:

delivering additional materials for a new reality TV show at a super-secret location in the Pacific.



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User currently offlineA342 From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 4675 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (7 years 6 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4363 times:

Quoting RAFVC10 (Reply 2):
delivering additional materials for a new reality TV show at a super-secret location in the Pacific.

Haha ! Brilliant !

Other "activities":

Quote:
Double-take! Not only can HeavyLift's Belfast compete with Jumbos, we can fit them in our cargo bay! And we're not talking about just their engines...When we say that we handle "heavy, oversized, uniquely-shaped cargo" we really mean it and one of our next trips is a perfect example. We'll be transporting eight elephants from Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand to quarantine in the Cocos Islands before we return to deliver them to zoos in Sydney, Melbourne and Auckland.

Emergency dash. HeavyLift has stepped in at almost no notice to help out the United Nations following the break-down of a DC-10 freighter. The Belfast is on a mission from Fiji to the Middle East.

Other recent HeavyLift jobs have included trips to Penang for Dell Computer; Solo, Indonesia for General Motors; along with our regular weekly turnaround services to Honiara and Port Moresby.
Meanwhile, the 727-51C continues its regular work around the Pacific.



Exceptions confirm the rule.
User currently offlineA342 From Germany, joined Jul 2005, 4675 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4347 times:

Oh ! It needs a lot of runway, 2560m (ISA, sea level, MTOW I guess) according to their website ! That rules out quite a lot of smaller airports.


Exceptions confirm the rule.
User currently offlineAlessandro From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 4333 times:

Cool, I enjoyed the http://www.justplanes.com DVD a lot.

User currently offlineStearmanNut From United States of America, joined Apr 2004, 352 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 6 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4264 times:

I have seen a Belfast parked at PHX about ten years ago. I have no idea what its purpose was. I just noticed it while on the way to catch a flight. At first I thought it could have been a big Antonov turboprop. I made a couple of rounds around the terminals before I figured out what it was. It was owned by Heavy Hauler.


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User currently offlineMelflyer From Australia, joined Jan 2005, 9 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (7 years 6 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 4166 times:

The Belfast is still flying around and airworthy. Saw it depart on my last visit to BNE in July. Sounded awesome. Search the photos here and elsewhere on the net, there are photos of that departure available.

User currently offlinePtrjong From Netherlands, joined Mar 2005, 3884 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (7 years 6 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 4162 times:

Quoting Melflyer (Reply 7):
Search the photos here

Bingo.

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Photo © Jorgos Tsambikakis / Travel-Images


Peter



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User currently offlineEI321 From Iraq, joined Jul 2009, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (7 years 6 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 4061 times:

Does anybody know why the Belfast used to appear in DUB some years back? Im pretty sure it was it, unless they also operated a Hercules.

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