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Old 22nd Jul 2014, 18:02
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CL44-O N447FT

OFFICIAL-READ ALL ABOUT IT!

Not our word but that of the official powers that be.
All contained in our Newsletter which will hit the streets next week.
So its now official despite all the Ozzie and Yankee gossip. To get your copy
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Old 24th Jul 2014, 15:13
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And the news is?
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Old 24th Jul 2014, 17:03
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I could never quite understand what was so wonderful about N447T. It certainly did have a voluminous cargo bay but the arse-end was about 12 feet above the ramp.
I can remember parking alongside N447T (when she was with TMAC) in my Belfast. the TMAC captain and F/O came over and had coffee with us upstairs on the flight deck. They were trying to unload a large 6-wheeled oil industry seismic truck (which weighed a lot) and the last 12 feet down to the ramp was proving rather difficult and time consuming.
As far as I can remember, they had no less than 7 pieces of ground equipment involved in the unloading process. Two GPUs were attached to the nose jacking points to stop it from sitting on its arse whilst at the back, two large forklifts were supporting the HILO which wasn't strong enough to take the weight of the truck.
Whilst all this was going on we sat there drinking our coffees reflecting with the TMAC crew just how difficult life could be. Meanwhile, the rest of the world was driving up and down our ramp with no difficulty at all. (Our usual load into Tehran was an awful lot of Chieftain tank gearboxes. I was told that the locals couldn't get them out of 2nd gear so they didn't bother - with the inevitable results).
Of course, the other problem with the CL-44 was that it needed a start-cart whereas the belfast had electric start.

Happy Days.
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Old 24th Jul 2014, 19:50
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Belfast

JW- Whats the state of the Belslow at Cairns?
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Old 25th Jul 2014, 10:24
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I have absolutely no idea. I got mildly involved on the periphery of a possible Canadian deal last year and did suggest that they were looking at the wrong aircraft for what they needed it to do. I would imagine it came to nothing.
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Old 28th Jul 2014, 10:35
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CL44 ASSOCIATION-MEMBERSHIP

The Association is looking for new members who may be able to assist in its
forthcoming endeavours -no previous experience needed-but helpful
Reply to this address in the first place-thanks
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Old 30th Jul 2014, 07:21
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Belfast

The Belfast is still parked near the fire station in Cairns. Seems to be in reasonable shape. Engines ran a few weeks ago. Not dead yet..!
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Old 13th Jun 2018, 07:21
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Seems there is again some work done on N447FT..... Engines run again.
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Any news of the Belfast?

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