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Belfast in Cairns

Old 18th Dec 2023, 21:25
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Originally Posted by packapoo
And Shorts know a thing or two about them....
The owner should maybe consider installing a bilge pump.. for the next time it rains in Cairns. There's probably a spot for one on the airframe someplace.
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Old 4th Jan 2024, 23:52
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This article popped up in my news feeds. Seems to report more progress on 'Hector' than I had read here:

Heavy Lift Turboprop Freighter: 60 Years Of The Short Belfast
https://simpleflying.com/short-belfast-60-years-guide/

These days, I wonder whether some of these items are generated using AI, given a paragraph like:

"All four of the aircraft's engines have been examined and thoroughly tested, alongside the plane's four Rolls-Royce Tyne engines and control surfaces".
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Old 15th Jan 2024, 00:59
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I was in Cairns last Thursday: Other than reduced tourist numbers, there's no sign of cyclone damage anywhere and Hector is looking just fine (from across the runway at least):



Apologies for the crappy pic - it seems my phone struggles to focus properly in liquid sunshine.
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Old 1st Mar 2024, 02:39
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Any updates on Hector? Movement(s)

Just curious.

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Old 1st Mar 2024, 05:35
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Our friends at McDermottís have lots of RR Tyne engine with their C160 Transall purchase. Same engine type in the Belslow.
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Old 3rd Apr 2024, 05:12
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Belfast in Cairns

I watched the maiden flight of the type when I was a 14yr old living at Sydenham, Belfast. Saw the Cairns aircraft last Thursday , 28th March when I was in Cairns. Looked to be still in good condition but I was just a tad worried as there were some guys with a ute removing things out of it.
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Old 4th Apr 2024, 05:03
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Old 4th Apr 2024, 05:50
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Originally Posted by Norn Iron Guy
I watched the maiden flight of the type when I was a 14yr old living at Sydenham, Belfast. Saw the Cairns aircraft last Thursday , 28th March when I was in Cairns. Looked to be still in good condition but I was just a tad worried as there were some guys with a ute removing things out of it.
Could just be (a) stuff/spares/etc that got soaked in the recent flooding, (b) stuff that is stopping a proper inspection of the hold after the recent flooding or (c) something else entirely.

Ground power working is a good sign all is ok. I wouldn't panic at least until you find the engines missing..
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Old 4th Apr 2024, 05:59
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Anyone who thinks that itís going to fly out of Cairns under itís own power without any major maintenance is in la la land.

It would be great to see it fly again, however in reality it wonít. Look at the mould on the top of the wing box sections, the corrosion underneath the panels/skins would render it un airworthy with some serious structural repairs required, repairs that certainly could not be done in the Cairns outdoor hangar.
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Old 4th Apr 2024, 07:28
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A question; I know nothing about the Belfast but can anyone post here on just how good an A/C it was, compared to the C130 Hercules?

I have a vague recollection of once reading somewhere that it was, in almost all aspects, somewhat inferior to the C130.

Can someone elucidate?

Re Packapoo's comment that Shorts knew a thing or two about Flying Boats; I have absolutely no doubt whatsoever that my late Father, 39814 Baum; Ronald Wilhelm, W/O1 Pilot 461 SQN RAAF would agree with you.
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Interesting comments by DP (#129)
Been working on the aircraft for some time now. No sign of any corrosion, upper or lower mainplanes, systems checks carried out, all OK
New paint job, high on list of priorities
FAA inspection was originally scheduled for this week, but deferred until next week.
Time will tell ...
Let's just wait and see ! please !
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