Tennessee ANG Engine Test Facility

Mammoth-Sized GRE for Military Transport Aircraft

Project Details

Location: Memphis International Airport
Memphis, USA
Project: Engine Test Facility for 164th Airlift Wing
Contractor: Head Inc.
Owner: Tennessee Air National Guard
  • Challenging site geometry
  • Tight conformance to applicable regulations
  • Challenging acoustics

The Tennessee ANG required a large “hush house”, or ground run-up enclosure, to accommodate one of the largest aircraft to be produced—the Lockheed Martin C-5 Galaxy. BDI had already designed and supplied numerous GRE facilities for A380 and B747 aircraft, and that experience was useful for this project. The result was a facility that allowed high usability in varying wind conditions. Acceptance testing was successfully carried out with a C-5A and, several years later, BDI was engaged to recertify the facility for use with Boeing C-17 aircraft as mission requirements changed.

C-5 Ground Run-up Enclosure

Read more about the Air National Guard project in the feature done by Airport Improvement.

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