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Our new display hangar is COMPLETE!

Our new hangar is now complete apart from a couple of tidy-up items Ahrens will look after.

Next, to get our Certificate of Occupancy, the rest is up to us. We are about to install a power board, emergency power and emergency exit lights. Then we paint the floor. Once that is done we plan to paint-patch the Caribou and move it inside for re-assembly, paint the Anson and begin the enormous task of re-arranging the collection between two display hangars…

The project was carried out by Ahrens Construction and is 50% funded under the National Stronger Regions Fund.




DHC-4 Caribou reaches SAAM!

SAAM was very happy to have been selected by the Australian Military Sales Office as preferred applicant for DHC-4 Caribou A04-225. This is one of five Caribous that were parked at Oakley Army Aviation Centre, and were subject to a recent disposal tender to Australian Historical Aviation Organisations.

Our acquisition crew completed the dismantling of the aircraft into transportable components at Oakey between 2nd – 14th June. The crew, consisting of our President Pieter van Dyk; museum member Steve Nitschke; a friend of Steve Nitschke’s, Steve Kristofic; and Queensland Air Museum volunteer David Geck, removed the outer wings, all tail surfaces and the aft fuselage section. The engines and propellers had already been removed and stored by Defence personnel.

All parts of the aircraft have been transported to SAAM, with the main fuselage section finally reaching us on Sunday 7 August 2016 after an epic journey through outback Queensland to the Strzelecki Track.

The aircraft components will remain in storage at SAAM until our new display hangar is complete and able to accommodate it, then the painstaking task of reassembling it for display will begin!

A4-225 was delivered to the RAAF in June 1965, one of 29 Caribous ordered between 1963 and 1971. It gave 44 years of service  before being retired in 2009. It served with 38 Sqn Detachment A in PNG, where it was used to qualify crews in difficult tropical and terrain conditions before their deployment to Vietnam. It also served in natural disaster relief work – for example, relief operations in Townsville after Cyclone Althea in 1971.”

More Photos HERE.

Our F-111 Tours make a wonderful gift!!

F-111 Tour flyer - cropped for home pageSome lucky Dads were given Tour Gift Certificates for Fathers’ Day, but really any occasion will do!

This two hour tour is a great way to get up close and personal with the iconic F-111. One of our guides will take you on your individual tour of this great aircraft’s exterior and cockpit and explain its many features.

CLICK HERE for more information about the tour, how to purchase a Tour Gift Certificate and the booking procedure.







SA Airmen of the Great War Cover - front only

SAAM’s History Group produced this book with historian Chas Schaedel as an ANZAC Centenary project under the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.

The book is now available on our website HERE. It is illustrated with a large number of photographs from Chas Schaedel’s collection, and identifies and details the service of over three hundred South Australians who served as airmen during the Great War.

Free copies of the book are available at the Museum for relatives of the airmen listed. Other visitors may purchase a copy in the Museum shop for $10 while stocks last, or you can order online from the publisher at www.avonmorebooks.com.


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