This month the President brings you up to date on SAAM’s big events, headlined by our Epic Flight Centenary Vimy Mural project sponsored by the RAAF Association SA Division; there’s other Epic Flight Centenary articles about the opening of the Vimy Memorial in April 1958 and a reminder about SAAM’s Epic Flight presentations during the History Festival next month; RAAF History contributes an interesting article about the hiccup 50 years ago with Australia’s P-3B deliveries; The Australian Air League Port Adelaide tell about their Avalon adventure; there’s a profile of 95-year old member Jimmy Pink who celebrated his birthday this week; and member Chris Doudy writes about his father’s restoration of Auster VH-SEB and his flight down from Singapore.
Mike Milln from SAAM’s History Group will be making four presentations during the History Festival celebrating the Epic Flight Centenary of the first flight from England to Australia by the Smith brothers in Vickers Vimy G-EAOU in Nov/Dec 1919. Each presentation discusses different phases of the Epic Flight, illustrated with many photographs.
Bookings by Ph 8240-1230 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Note – Normal SAAM entry prices apply – one entry allows attendance at all 4 presentations
Free parking at the Museum available, and morning/afternoon tea at $4!
Click on the image at left to download a poster of the events, or go to the History Festival website here: History Festival
Note we haven’t included Barossa Helicopters although we are hoping they will attend. There attendance is always subject to weather of course and we will confirm their intentions closer to the day.
You can download our March newsletter by clicking on the image at left, or go the Newsletters tab to browse past issues.
This month president David Byrne summarises SAAM’s contributions to the Epic Flight Centenary celebrations; we say goodbye to Honorary Member Chas Schaedel; Mike Milln puts in a plug for his presentations on the Epic Flight during History Month in May; Langdon Badger has more memories about Edinburgh Air Shows; David Leicester DFC & Bar, OAM, Legion d’Honneur (Fr) comes to visit; RAAF History tells us about the capture of Jericho and TAP-3B Orions in the RAAF fleet; Nigel Daw contributes a profile of Lawrence Matulich; and more!
Our next Family Fun Open Day is coming up on Sunday 28 April – many new cockpits will be open to visitors including the AP-3C Orion and we will be running historic engines throughout the day including the Rolls Royce Merlin and Kestrel and the big rotary Armstrong Siddeley Cheetah. There’ll be lots for the kids too, and there’s loads of free parking, so put the date in your diaries and watch out for our program coming soon!
Once again we have to bid farewell to a long-term member, this time Errol Hepworth; the President gives an update on our events and priorities over the next few months; there are the usual restoration updates; RAAF History contributes a history of RAAF Edinburgh to mark its establishment in January 1955, there’s a piece about Streaky Bay-born Lancaster pilot Clarrie Gardner; and History Group member and WWI expert Chas Schaedel contributes another profile in his “Brothers-in-Arms” series on The Smith and Larkin brothers.
Chas is battling severe emphysema and is very unwell, so please join us in wishing him well.
Our January newsletter is a big one – the president lays out the year ahead; we say goodbye to Dick Wright, whom we lost just before Christmas; Ron Fuller extols the operating characteristics of the Aero 145; Robert Zweck continues his pictorial history of his early flying days; Dean Robinson profiles 10Sqns’s war service… and more!
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SAAM is hosting CASA’s Adelaide AvSafety Seminar on Thursday 21 February 2019 at 6:30pm.