Short Belfast Status - Cairns Airport - Updated to April 2018

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Short Belfast - photographed at Cairns Airport (North Queensland, Australia) a week ago - 23 Sep 2014. Still intact, and with auxiliary power supplied. Regards, ...geoff
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Thanks for those. Good to see she is still well cared for! Rob

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Is she a flyer ?
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I certainly hope so! In all-white, the Belslow is just crying out to be named Moby Dick, isn't it? Adrian

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Tyres look a little "square" on the bottoms! I don't think she's moved an inch for quite some time...

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Thanks for sharing Geoff. Would love to see her resurected. My entire Belfast live experince is about 8 seconds long. I caught one on short final while driving near an airport in Ohio, USA (think it was Cleveland), late 90's. Mrs. Sandiego89 was not as impressed and said I should focus on the road.

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I do hope she finds her way back to Britain one day, even if it seems unlikely. Nice though it is to have a Belfast under cover at Cosford, it would be good to have another one to admire. If only some enterprising cargo company in the UK would take her on :)

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Do we know how many are left around the world ?

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Yes - 2. 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
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When I saw her...probably five months ago...they had work stands up, paying attention to the port outboard engine. The cargo ramp was down as well.

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I wonder what RR have done with the engines ?

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Presumably it was years ago that they recovered the engines. Was there a market for Tyne aero engines at that time? Aren't there also a lot of Tyne industrial / marine engines around? (as to your actual question - I don't know).

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Breguet Atlantic and Transall c-160 both use Tynes. M

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The Vanguard and Belfast used Tynes of a similar kind and spares were interchangeable The Tynes of the Atlantique, CL-44 and Transall are of a different kind and are no use spares wise for the above two types.

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So swap the complete engine then.
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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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...or put another way, a 10% survival rate. Better than some (to try and put a positive spin on a cr@ppy piece of news).
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Sad news, but inevitable in a way. And she's had a good run I'd say.
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Yes it's very sad news indeed. I was genuinely concerned for its future beyond its service career even when it left these shores as a flyer many years ago. In my opinion we should never be down to a single example of any aircraft type in preservation, it's just too risky, but as I'm not in a position to effectively alter that (as regards the Belfast anyway) then I have to be grateful for the one example that we do have! Rob

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In my opinion we should never be down to a single example of any aircraft type in preservation, it's just too risky,
Well, it all comes down to having enough money I suppose. But indeed, there are genuine risks. For example, see this photo page of the victims of the 1990 Le Bourget Dugny museum storage area fire: http://www.pyperpote.tonsite.biz/pages/incendie_des_reserves_17_mai_1990pag.html

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There you go if its not an american type no interest in saving it.