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Bristol freighter returns to the UK

A historic Bristol Type 170 freighter aircraft has been transported from New Zealand to the Aerospace Bristol museum in the UK.

A total of 214 freighters were designed and built by the Bristol Aeroplane Company and delivered to airlines and air forces across the world between 1945 and 1958.

After removal of the wings in Ardmore Field, New Zealand, Ricks Trucking transported the aircraft to the port of Auckland. Upon arrival in Auckland, the aircraft was loaded onboard Wallenius Wilhelmsen Logistics' (WWL) ro-ro vessel Talisman for onward transportation to Singapore.

At Jurong port in Singapore, the Type 170 freighter was loaded onboard WWL's ro-ro vessel Tiger for the journey to the UK.

The aircraft arrived at the Bristol Portbury Docks, where Kings Heavy Haulage loaded the aircraft on to its four-axle Nooteboom trailer, fitted with 4.5 m extension beams to have a total bed length of 17.25 m, using two Volvo tractor units fitted with a Palfinger PK76002 EH crane and a PK 62002 EH crane.

For the tandem lift, both cranes were fitted with a 3.1 m, 20-ton (18.1-tonne) capacity spreader beam and 6-ton (5.4-tonne) capacity lifting strops.

The aircraft, which measured 20 m x 2.75 m x 4.2 m, was transported 15 km to Filton in Bristol.

The Type 170 freighter, which is one of only eleven Bristol freighters remaining, will eventually be put on display at the museum.

 

www.aerospacebristol.org

www.rickstrucking.co.nz

www.2wglobal.com

www.bristolport.co.uk

www.kingshaulage.co.uk

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