Airfield adjacent to Eagle Farm horse racing track, near Brisbane.
ATAIU (Air Technical Intelligence Unit) Operated at Eagle Farm to rebuild and flight test
Japanese aircraft, headed by Frank McCoy.
Hanger 7 Museum (EFCHC)
Museum at Hanger 7
Japanese Aircraft Restorations
After the capture of Buna, wreckage of several A6M3 Hamps and four engines and
various other components were recovered from Buna Airstrip. They were repaired by Australian
and American technicians to rebuild one flyable A6M3 Hamp at Eagle Farm. Later, it was
shipped to Wright Field, Ohio for further evaluations.
A Ki-43-I Oscar salvaged from Lae was also restored to flying status at the ATIU hanger.
Also, Ki-61 Tony 263 salvaged from Cape Glouchester was stripped and refurbished during the first half of 1944 at Eagle Farm. Flight tests in Australia were cut short due to metal
cuttings in the engine. Sent to USA in June 1944.
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January 23, 2012