GMH ALLISON TESTING AREA
EAGLE FARM AIRFIELD, BRISBANE, QLD
The Allison Testing Area at Eagle Farm Airfield was built during WW2 to test Allison Engines that had been assembled/overhauled at the GMH Allison Overhaul Assembly Plant at Sandgate Road, Albion. This work was carried out for the 81st Air Depot Group, USAAC.
The Allison engine was an in-line, liquid cooled V12 engine used in fighter aircraft such as the Kittyhawk. The engines were run at red line for 5 minutes. There were six open and two enclosed engine testing stands at Eagle Farm.
On 18 July 2003, Queensland Heritage Council acting chair, Margaret Cook, indicated the structures were expected to be entered on to the Heritage Register within a few weeks, if there were no objections. It is believed that the Brisbane City Council may have initially lodged an objection as the area was in the way of a proposed road. The Council later endorsed the heritage listing.
Getting an engine ready for test
L. to R. Charlie Flynn, L.
Alderater, Major McNelly,
1st Lt. Andersen, J. McEwan, Col. Monay
Rear view of No. 1 Test Stand
Personnel who built the test stands
"The 81st A.D.G."
The Courier-Mail, Saturday 19 July 2003
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