Hangar No.7 Wartime Secrets

How the Allies beat the all powerful Zero

Hangar No.7 where the Allied Technical Air Intelligence Unit rebuilt Japanese Zero aircraft.

Behind the barbed wire fence, Hangar No.7 evokes a time when Australia was under threat and Brisbane was in danger of becoming the frontline in World War Two.

On 28 April 1943, General Douglas MacArthur, Commander-in-Chief of the War in the South-West Pacific, wrote a letter authorising Lieutenant Clyde Gessel and his crew at the Allied Technical Air Intelligence Unit access to all necessary transportation, communication facilities, guards, rations, labour, vehicle fuels and parts for his top-secret mission to analyse why the Japanese were superior in the air. To do this, the Hangar No.7 crew reassembled a Japanese Zero aircraft then flew mock dogflights over Moreton Bay and Brisbane's northern suburbs.

Visit Hangar No.7 to experience the sounds of the first reconstructed Zero taking off and learn more about the secrets inside. Hangar No.7 is at the south west corner of TradeCoast Central Heritage Park. The best access to Hangar No.7 is via the southern carpark on Backhouse Place directly outside the Interpretive Centre located on level 1 of the main building. Follow the signs along the pedestrian underpass.

The TradeCoast Central Heritage Park Interpretive Centre has much more information about Hangar No.7 including General MacArthur's letter to Lieutenant Gessel, the story of the Mitsubushi Zero, and the Allies' treasure trove of crashed or captured enemy air force equipment.

The pages in this section of our web site explain how Eagle Farm became an aviation hub critical to the war effort and later Brisbane's main airport until 1988.

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