|Shorts SC.5 Belfast|
The Belfast’s loading ramp allows full utilisation of the length and volume of its cargo hold and makes it ideal for the airfreight of an unrivalled variety of loads:
It has been used for the recovery of crashed airliners from remote airports, flown big Airbus air line components and rockets used for satellite launches.
The Belfast has carried:
A Class of its Own
Whereas some aircraft can offer a greater weight carrying capability or similar volume, it is the unique combination of these factors that frequently makes the Belfast the right choice, and indeed sometimes the only aircraft able to meet demanding criteria.
The Belfast fills a very useful niche between smaller aircraft such as the C130 Hercules and the larger Antonov 124.
The aircraft's true forte is the transport of large and irregularly-shaped loads often requiring pressurised transit that is not available on many dedicated transports.
one of the biggest turbo-props built, was
originally designed for the Royal Air Force where for
was the biggest aircraft it ever operated. It was able to
carry up to 200 parachutists and the biggest weapon or truck then
An indication of its military specification and origins is the heavy floor, able to carry heavy wheeled and tracked vehicles such as self propelled guns and armoured personnel carriers.
The Belfast has a large cross-section combined with a cargo deck length of up to 25.7 metres and overall available length of 64 ft. But that’s not the whole story. The large cross-section with a diameter of 14 ft puts HeavyLift’s Belfasts in a class of their own when it comes to airlifting bulky and awkwardly-shaped cargo.
The aircraft is capable of carrying up to 24 racehorses.
payloads up to 36,000kgs with
an impressive capacity
of approximately 360 cubic metres the
Belfast has already flown over 400 hours carrying up to 26 tonnes of
Australian DoD missions on the
It has also transported an urgently-required water filter and an electric power generator to Nauru. The Belfast is particularly suited to operations in austere environments and was chosen to airlift equipment and emergency supplies to Niue in the South Pacific after the island was struck by a devastating cyclone.
It is equipped for operations into airports offering little or no support.
Freight can be loaded with the aid of a powerful on-board electric winch.
Notable features of the aircraft are its large rear loading ramp and its side loading cargo door.
The rear ramp allows the loading of up to ten unit load devices of different types and height dimensions to allow transit to or from 747 main decks without the need for rebuilding.
it comes to awkward, oddly-shaped, unique or very heavy loads,
the Shorts SC-5 Belfast is virtually unbeatable.