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Old 21st Jan 2013, 10:53
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Belfast in Cairns

Can anyone out there confirm that GE's are working on the Belfast at the moment, please?
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Old 21st Jan 2013, 12:22
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Confirmed Bro
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Old 21st Jan 2013, 15:10
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the last airworthy Belfast

for those who don't see her every day, and a bit of background, interesting history attached to this rare bird...

it appears she maybe starting a new chapter.....

Aircraft Taken at More: Untitled (HeavyLift Cargo Airlines)
More: Short SC-5 Belfast C1
More: Cairns (CNS / YBCS)
More: Australia - Queensland, March 1, 2012
Remark Photographer RP-C8020 (cn SH1819) the last airworthy Belfast now sans titles More: Lars Hentschel
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After being retired from TAC HeavyLift service, several were parked at Southend Airport for a number of years, until one aircraft was refurbished and flown to Australia in 2003. This aircraft is no longer flying; it was often visible parked on the General Aviation side of Cairns International Airport in Queensland, in company with one or two of the company's Boeing 727s.
Now registered RP-C8020, it was moved back over to the general aviation (western) side of the Cairns airport on 19 August 2011, after spending the best part of a year sitting on the Cairns International apron where it had been moved prior to the scrapping of the remaining company Boeing 727 (RP-C8016) at the end of September 2010.
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Old 21st Jan 2013, 22:35
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It can't be too good for it sitting closed up in the Cairns humidity and heat.
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Old 22nd Jan 2013, 09:50
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How can you call an aircraft that hasn't flown for 4 or more years airworthy?
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Old 7th Feb 2013, 08:15
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Belfast SC5, Cairns

Unfortunately the return to operation of this Aircraft has been more than a bumpy ride, its more a roller coaster of emotions for all involved. It would be great to see this old lady respond once again to the commands of dedicated crew members. No doubt Brian P, Dave D, Alan R and chief fixer and former owner Geoff L and many others remember the lady well.

This Belfast did not deserve to be run into the ground, abandoned and finally substituted by previous owners for other toys.

Hopefully the old lady may rise again.
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Old 7th Feb 2013, 12:02
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She would often depart YBBN (2003-2006 roughly) at around 6-7am.....and I lived in Bridgeman Downs at the time, just inside SFC-FLXXX airspace, and at times I wondered if this beast departed in CTA

I have seen overloaded tiger moths, well furl and two fat fokkers, climb at better rates!

Noisy too.

But in a way I miss it.
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Old 8th Feb 2013, 00:44
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Time for a museum methinks...
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Old 8th Feb 2013, 06:05
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You don't need to put it in a museum... it could BE the museum...
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Old 2nd Nov 2013, 02:04
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Belfast ownership

Does anyone know who now owns the Belfast Short 'Hector' that is being worked on?
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Old 23rd Feb 2014, 00:24
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I'm currently in the QANTAS lounge at Cairns looking across to the Belfast. Painted all white with no markings at all, the engines are still installed and as far as I can tell through a 500mm lens, the airframe looks to be in good condition.
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Old 23rd Feb 2014, 09:47
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Can't comprehend the parking fees it must be currently chewing up...
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Old 23rd Feb 2014, 10:09
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Thumbs down

Also can't comprehend the corrosion the old airframe is acquiring, added onto the corrosion the thing had before it arrived there. Future for it would be a reef wreck or if someone could afford it, a museum piece. Doubt that it will ever fly again under it's own power. VERY SAD TO SEE A LOVELY OLD AEROPLANE BE LEFT TO THE ELEMENTS IN SUCH A HARSH ENVIRONMENT........
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Old 23rd Feb 2014, 10:22
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Does anyone actually own it?
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Old 23rd Feb 2014, 10:27
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don't think it is chewing up parking fees any understanding is that the the beast was abandoned.

Used to have a big "H" on the tail, picture on this thread shows that area painted grey.

http:// has a picture of it.

BTW, (NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE HEVILIFT GROUP, totally different company)

BTW, there was a company 721 or 2? F that must have gone the same way, believe there is "youtube" video on line of it being chopped up at the CNS airport.
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Old 24th Feb 2014, 05:46
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What's going on? Thought I'd check out how the Belfast was looking today. I see ground power plugged in. Also bloke on ladder tinkering around with engines 1 and 2...
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Old 24th Feb 2014, 10:27
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The power cart seems to always be plugged in.
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Old 24th Feb 2014, 12:57
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What's going on? Thought I'd check out how the Belfast was looking today. I see ground power plugged in. Also bloke on ladder tinkering around with engines 1 and 2...
Keeping some of it alive so the CNS Port Authority can recoup some years worth of parking fees?
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Old 7th Nov 2014, 06:32
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She is still there, looks OK but in a plane white colour scheme now, I took some pics but not sure how to post them.
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Old 7th Nov 2014, 23:54
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VH-SPY parked next to the Bel-slow . . . . what gives with her?

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