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Old 3rd Dec 2012, 14:10   #21 (permalink)
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HF... NOT according to Cairns ATC last week:

Out of interest I emailed CNS yesterday, and enquired about her condition, and received this reply from the airport ops manager - "Neil, I would confirm that the Belfast is still at CNS Airport in one piece but is unlikely to ever fly again because of corrosion. Regards Paul" (Neil is an ex- Belfast Pilot).

A sad end then to the old girl, but I don't understand why when she's just had a complete repaint... in grey!
(I have a recent couple of pics but I can't work out how to upload them....)
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Old 3rd Dec 2012, 18:54   #22 (permalink)
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Apparently taken last month.

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Old 3rd Dec 2012, 22:57   #23 (permalink)
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I suppose the complete repaint would help limit further corrosion. I believe there was an attempt to have the aircraft hosted on a foreign AOC and flying again but that fell through. It really belongs in a museum somewhere warm and dry!
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Old 7th Dec 2012, 11:26   #24 (permalink)
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Thanks, Mutt... that's the pic I was writing about.
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Old 8th Dec 2012, 14:14   #25 (permalink)
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They don't make them like that anymore, do they?
Sadly they don't.

Out of interest what year was this Agaricus bisporus?
W***y was an honourable bloke, and I'm sure was getting jerked about by senior management or HR? I'm sorry you were messed about.

I was lucky enough to work for HLA for over 10 years, not always as a Belfast pilot, and never a more eclectic bunch of characters would you ever hope to meet, learn from, and share a pint with.

Several of the suitably qualified ops lads were taken away on night stop's to be assessed for their performance both on duty, and in the pub. Once successful, they were taken on as FO's on the Belfast.

Long trips away were often begun by the Captain rewriting the company's schedule to ensure an evening meal, a pint, and a hearty breakfast could be had at the appropriate local times (who needs a fatigue management system?)

As first flying job's go, it really would have been hard to better......
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