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Short Belfast

ICAO aircraft code BELF
Manufacturer Short Brothers
Country United Kingdom

The Short Belfast (or Shorts Belfast) is a heavy lift turboprop freighter that was built by British manufacturer Short Brothers at Belfast.


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Short Belfast Specifications

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ICAO aircraft code
Short Brothers
1964 - 1968
United Kingdom

Aircraft performance

EKCO E190 weather radar
4x Rolls-Royce Tyne
5,730 HP
Max Cruise Speed:
292 Kts
541 Km/h
Approach Speed (Vref):
93 Kts
Travel range:
4,609 Nm
8,536 Kilometers
Service Ceiling:
30,000 feet
Rate of Climb:
1060 feet / minute
5.38meter / second
Take Off Distance:
1770 meter - 5,807.02 feet
Landing Distance:
1065 meter - 3,494.05 feet

Weight & dimensions

Max Take Off Weight:
104,330 Kg
230,006 lbs
Max Landing Weight:
67,499 Kg
148,808 lbs
Max Payload:
34,000 Kg
74,956 lbs
Fuel Tank Capacity:
9,744 gallon
36,885 liter
Baggage Volume:
311.5 m3 / 11,001 ft3

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About the Short Belfast

The Short Belfast (or Shorts Belfast) is a heavy lift turboprop freighter that was built by British manufacturer Short Brothers at Belfast. Only 10 aircraft were constructed, all of which entered service with the Royal Air Force (RAF), who operated it under the designation Short Belfast C.1.

Upon its entry into service, the Belfast held the distinction of becoming the largest aircraft that the British military had ever operated up to that time. It was also notable for being the first aircraft to be designed from the onset to be equipped with full ‘blind landing’ automatic landing system equipment. Following the formation of RAF Strike Command and a reorganisation of transport assets, the RAF decided to retire all of its Belfast transports by the end of 1976.

Shortly after the type had been retired by the RAF, five Belfasts were sold and placed into civilian service with the cargo airline TAC HeavyLift. These civilian aircraft were used for the charter transport of various goods, including to the RAF. One Belfast is on display at the RAF Museum Cosford. A Belfast formerly operated by Heavylift Cargo is lying abandoned at Cairns Airport in Australia and is the subject of a legal dispute for fees between the airport and the current owner of the aircraft, Flying Tigers.

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