Quote from: OldBanditDriver on Oct 30, 2023, 01:33 PMI visited the Belfast in Cairns 2 weeks ago.
My visit was on a Saturday so nobody was working on the aircraft but it was being worked on when I arrived the previous day.
My escort confirmed that work had been ongoing on the aircraft for "...some time". The aircraft carries no registration.
Externally, those areas of the aircraft easier to access had been cleaned but there was still a lot of accumulated grime on the upper surfaces.
I think one of the bigger challenges for a return to flight will be the undercarriage; those areas looked in dire need of some 'TLC'.
I have some snaps taken on my iPhone but I don't seem to be able to post them here...
Quote from: sneaky_nikon on Oct 29, 2023, 11:36 AMOne rumour I'd heard is that the French retiring the Transall 160 freed up a stack of low hour (and presumably comparatively cheap) Tynes and support kit making this financially viable.