Although it was a gifted design, only a small number of Shorts Belfast heavy-lifters were built. Stephen Skinner details its relatively brief military career and its post-service use.

Belfast G-BEPS in its HeavyLift livery. This aircraft served with the RAF as XR368 before joining the civilian operator’s fleet in 1980. All Key Collection unless stated

Shorts came into being at the turn of the 20th century, as one of the pioneers of British aviation.

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