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Yep, the Poms weren't the most advanced in all categories after the war. The Belfast was one, the Handley Page Hastings was another. It was a four engined transport similar to the DC-4. However it was a tail dragger and in RNZAF service was known as the best three engined aircraft that RNZAF ever had because one engine was always falling over. Maintenance wise if there was a hard way of doing something the Poms would find it and make it SOP. Same with their vehicles as well. Their fighters after the war were pretty dismal as well with only three that were really good, Hunter, Lightning, and Harrier. In the bomber category the Vulcan, Victor, Canberra and Buccaneer were they only four really worthwhile ones. Transport wise, the HS Andover C.3 springs to mind and that's it.Sorry, but I have to fault your comparison and praise for the Belfast. While the AN-12 and C-130 were/are designed as tactical airlifters the Belfast was a heavy lifter. more comparable to the C-124 Globemaster II (including it's removable upper floor) and C-133 Cargomaster. Both which began production nearly a decade earlier. And the AN-22 which began production shortly after the Belfast. Frankly, as Shorts was beginning production of it's practically archaic design Lockheed was putting the C-141 into service.