Allison Engine Testing Stands

Keeping the Allies' warbirds in the air

Allison Engine Testing Stands

Allison Engine Testing Stands viewed from the south east. There are three main interpretive panels for the Testing Stands and a life-sized replica of engine and engineer.

Visitors to TradeCoast Central Heritage Park can view, imagine and even experience the sound of World War Two's noisiest job, the testing of overhauled aircraft engines at Eagle Farm Airfield.

It was a 24 hours a day, 7 days a week activity. Engines were manoeuvred into position using a block-and-tackle which ran along a monorail, then mounted on stands high enough for propellers to spin at full speed. Control cabins, fitted out with testing equipment, dials and instruments, were occupied by engineers, each cabin servicing two adjacent engine stands. The freestanding concrete walls, or ‘blades', separated the engine stands. 

The heritage-listed testing stands were built by the U.S. 81st Air Depot Group in November 1942. Two enclosed brick structures for indoor testing were added in 1943, then opening directly onto the level of the runways.

The Allison Engine Testing Stands form the eastern part of TradeCoast Central's heritage trails, with the Convict Women's Prison and Farm in the centre of the site and Hangar No.7 at the far south west corner of the site. A handy carpark, on Amy Johnson Place, is at the northern end of the site, between the Women's Prison and the Allison Engine Testing Stands. Or you can park directly outside the Interpretive Centre located on level 1 of the main building on Backhouse Place. An Allison Engine is on display on the ground floor of the main building.

The pages in this section of our web site will give you a tantalising glimpse of the rich history of the Allison Engine Testing Stands and their part in the war effort. 

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Monday - Friday
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