• Short Summary

    THE FIRST OF TEN "BELFAST" FREIGHTERS, ORDERED BY THE BRITISH ROYAL AIR FORCE, IS NOW STRUCTURALLY COMPLETE ON THE WORKSHOP FLOOR.

  • Description

    THE FIRST OF TEN "BELFAST" FREIGHTERS, ORDERED BY THE BRITISH ROYAL AIR FORCE, IS NOW STRUCTURALLY COMPLETE ON THE WORKSHOP FLOOR.THE ROLLS-ROYCE TYNE TURBOPROP ENGINES ARE INSTALLED AND THE EXTENSIVE TEST PROGRAMME HAS BEGUN WITH CHECKS ON AIR CONDITIONING, RADIO, COOLING, FUEL, ELECTRIC, HYDRAULICS, AND OXYGEN.THE CURRENT TEST SCHEDULE IS DUE TO BE COMPLETED BEFORE THE END OF THIS MONTH, THEN THE AIRCRAFT WILL BE ROLLED INTO THE WORLD.AFTER SEARCHING ENGINE AND VIBRATION TESTS, THE AIRCRAFT SHOULD BE IN THE AIR BEFORE THE END OF THIS YEAR.

    WHEN THE "BELFAST" FLIES IT WILL NOT BE MERELY A HOLLOW SHELL, BUT A COMPLETELY EQUIPPED AIRCRAFT READY TO EMBARK ON A CONCENTRATED DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME.THE FLIGHT DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME WILL INCLUDE CERTIFICATION TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF BOTH THE ROYAL AIR FORCE, AND THE AIR REGISTRATION BOARD.THE "BELFAST" WILL IN FACT BECOME THE FIRST FREIGHTER IN THE WORLD TO BE OFFICIALLY APPROVED, SIMULTANEOUSLY, TO CIVIL AND MILITARY REQUIREMENTS.

    THE "BELFAST" IS SAID TO BE CAPABLE OF CARRYING UP TO 200 TROOPS WITH EQUIPMENT, OR TWO HELICOPTERS, OR A POLARIS MISSILE.IT WILL BE ADAPTABLE TO ALL THE REQUIREMENTS OF AIR TRANSPORT.

    ALTHOUGH THE TURBOPROP AIRCRAFT HAS NOT ATTRACTED MORE GOVERNMENT SUPPORT IN THE FORM OF ORDERS, THE COMPANY BUILDING IT, SHORT BROTHERS AND HARLAND, ARE HOPING THAT THE R.A.F.WILL FIND IT NEEDS A SHORT TAKE-OFF VERSION OF THE "BELFAST" BEFORE ITS JET FREIGHTER PROJECT MATERIALISES.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4WK3Q5L03UODGGCBCOCF96QI5
    Media URN:
    VLVA4WK3Q5L03UODGGCBCOCF96QI5
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    04/09/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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