Air Giant Goes Up

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Details

Location

Belfast

Year

1965

Source

British Pathe

Format

35mm

black and white

Length

01min 19sec

Silent

sound

Courtesy

British Pathé

Rights Holder

British Pathé

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Description

Test flight of The Short Belfast - a transport plane, built for the RAF, and large enough to carry 200 fully armed soldiers.

Notes

Same plane shown in article 'Two New Aircraft at Shorts'. The Short Belfast was a heavy airfreighter that was built by Shorts, in Belfast. They were developed to transport not only troops - up to 200 men at a time - but artillery, guided missiles and even helicopters. Only ten of the Short Belfast were ever built for the RAF, with five of them eventually going into civilian service. Two of the craft are still in existence.

Shot List

View of plane on tarmac. Flight engineer testing. Interior cock pit. Test pilot. Lord Mayor and Prime Minister of Northern Ireland Terence O'Neill present.

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