Belfast City Centre

Updated: Dec 30, 2018

Some of the VFR sights around Belfast City

Shortly after getting airborn from Newtownards, we quickly changed frequency to Belfast Approach to request an over head transit of George Best City Airport. This was granted which allowed some spectacular views over Belfast City approximately one hour before sunset. After leaving city airport's control zone, we tracked south down a very narrow corridor between Aldergrove and the City airports airspace.

Samson and Goliath are the twin shipbuilding gantry yellow cranes situated at Queen's Island, Belfast, Northern Ireland. The cranes, which were named after the Biblical figures Samson and Goliath, dominate the Belfast skyline and are landmark structures of the city.

Harland & Wolff

The cranes are situated in the shipyard of Harland & Wolff and were constructed by the German engineering firm Krupp, with Goliath being completed in 1969 and Samson, in 1974. Goliath stands 96 metres (315 ft) tall, while Samson is taller at 106 metres (348 ft). Goliath, the smaller of the two sits slightly further inland closer to Belfast City. At the time Harland & Wolff was one of the largest shipbuilders in the world. The announcement that they were to be built was an important event at the time. Contrary to popular belief, the cranes did not host the RMS Titanic as they were built much later.

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