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Belfast in Cairns

Old 7th Nov 2014, 23:58
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Old 8th Nov 2014, 01:25
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Those engines never looked big enough to power it.

I remember when it blasted off from Hedland one day to bali. It blasted off as I landed. 25 mins later when I departed mc were chasing it (cleared to f140. It was only passing through 5000 feet and mc were asking if ops were normal hahaha

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Old 8th Nov 2014, 02:09
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I was watching it do circuits in Cairns a few years ago, after every takeoff a Port Authority vehicle was doing a run down the runway on what I could only assume was a FOD inspection...
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Old 10th Nov 2014, 19:08
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Nearly six years since it last landed in Cairns in the beginning of January 2009. Would be nice to see it move again. Who owns it?
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Old 27th Feb 2017, 12:05
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The end is nigh for "Hector"....
Short Belfast status - Cairns Airport - Updated to Feb 2017
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Old 28th Feb 2017, 03:19
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:-( .................
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Old 28th Feb 2017, 04:50
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From the link above

"There were only 10 built - here are their names and fates:


Samson - RAF Serial XR362 (used registration G-ASKE for overseas test flight), sold as G-BEPE then scrapped
Goliath - RAF Serial XR363, sold as G-OHCA then scrapped
Pallas - RAF Serial XR364, sold as scrap to Rolls-Royce who recovered the Tyne engines
Hector - RAF Serial XR365, sold as G-HLFT then as 9L-LDQ operating with HeavyLift Cargo Airlines, now RP-C8020 (see images above)
Atlas - RAF Serial XR366, sold to RR for engines
Heracles - RAF Serial XR367 - sold as G-BFYU then scrapped
Theseus - RAF Serial XR368, sold as G-BEPS then in storage at Southend Airport - Began being broken up 22/Oct/2008
Spartacus - RAF Serial XR369, sold as G-BEPL then scrapped
Ajax - RAF Serial XR370, sold to RR for engines
Enceladus - RAF Serial XR371, preserved as an exhibit at RAF Museum Cosford"


And then there was one....

I received news today that Short SC-5 Belfast C1, XR365, [G-HLFT, RP-C8020] is to be cut up at Cairns airport tomorrow, 28-2-17
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Old 28th Feb 2017, 05:01
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SO Sad to just chop it up. Would make a great holiday house.
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Old 28th Feb 2017, 09:49
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Curious as to what became of the previous owners? I knew he was a controversial character but i knew him years ago as kid.
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Old 5th Mar 2017, 05:38
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passed ycns today Belfast still there.

If and when it goes for the chop....very sad.

Where did the DC 3 go
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Old 11th Mar 2017, 07:29
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The Dak went to someones back yard north of Cairns.
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Old 12th Mar 2017, 05:35
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I have received a report from someone in Cairns that as of yesterday the aeroplane was still in one piece with no perceived activity around it.
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Old 12th Mar 2017, 13:25
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I have received a report from someone in Cairns that as of yesterday the aeroplane was still in one piece with no perceived activity around it.
FBF, it was still there Thurs when I had to pop into town.
No activity anywhere near it. Nothing has changed that I could see,......... cheers.
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Old 12th Mar 2017, 14:01
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I wonder what it's scrap value is? .....someone should start a kickstarter fund to buy it and tow it off the field to an adjacent block of land and convert it to a bar.
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Old 13th Mar 2017, 01:10
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Aus Engnr. How far north in Cairns.?? Whats the plan with it...restoration or 'man cave'?
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Old 14th Mar 2017, 13:28
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How far north in Cairns.?? Whats the plan with it...restoration or 'man cave'?
It's only 3 miles from the very centre of Cairns.
Transport wouldn't even have to go on a public road.
I'm sure it could be 'walked' by a crane, (wings off) to a barge in the Barron river where the Hovercraft to Port Douglas used to drop into the drink in the 80's. Barge into town and deck cargo on a suitable sized vessel to anywhere in the world.

Seems such a shame if it got chopped up and go to simsmetal or similar.
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Old 15th Mar 2017, 00:43
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That would be a nice and fitting end, but who's going to pay.......
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Old 15th Mar 2017, 03:34
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How far north in Cairns.?? Whats the plan with it...restoration or 'man cave'?
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I believe this quote refers to a DC-3 which used to be parked next to the Belfast.

As for the Belfast itself, the sad fact is that there isn't a museum in Australia that can save this aeroplane. Even the cockpit section would be a very expensive wide load. Apart from creating a museum around the Belfast (Australian airports tend to discourage museums) its only chance of survival might be a ferry flight if the aeroplane is up to it. Sad I agree.
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Old 15th Mar 2017, 10:32
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You'd think somewhere on the planet some rich dude would would buy it.

I'd like to know how much the consortium that own Cns airport are owed in arrears parking fees. Might be quite a sizeable sum, and could be a stumbling block.
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Old 15th Mar 2017, 22:38
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I'm sure there are. Just not silly enough- how do you think they would've become rich?
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