Short Belfast aircraft model in a wind tunnel at Farnborough, c 1960s.
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Photograph of a Short Belfast aircraft model being prepared for testing in the 24 foot (7m) wind tunnel at the Royal aeronatical Establishment (Rae) in Farnborough, Hampshire. The Short Belfast was a heavy transport aircraft powered by four Rolls-Royce Tyne engines which had a payload capacity of 80,000 lb (36,300 kg) of freight, or 150 troops. Before production these models would be rigorously tested to ensure the safety and effectivenes of the aircraft's structure and design. Only ten Belfasts were actually built.