Another History Group Profile to download!

“The development of Adelaide West Beach Airport” is ready for download here: http://www.saam.org.au/history/post-world-war-ii/

Mike Milln has adapted Chapter 11 of his book “Wing Tips – The story of the Royal Aero Club of South Australia – Book 2 1941-1986”, which details the circumstances that led to the need for a second airport in Adelaide, the selection of the site and all the drama of its lengthy construction timetable.

January 2020 Newsletter ready for download!

Our New Year’s editions is ready for download here: http://www.saam.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/PM-Jan20.pdf

Read the President’s New Year’s report; Tours Manager John Jefferson’s analysis of SAAM visitor origins; restoration updates from the Anson and Mirage crews; an article by VP Mike Milln on Keith Virtue and his ferry of Aero 145 VH-DUH, sister ship of VH-ZCL under restoration at SAAM, from Czechoslovakia to Australia; and History Group Chairman Peter Ingman’s fine profile of No 6 SFTS Mallala.

Our December newsletter is ready for download!

There is a big Christmas edition ready for download!  Just click on the image at left, or go to the Newsletters tab to browse past issues.

In this edition the President writes about the events of the past year and our priorities for next year; we share a couple of pages of photos of our Christmas party on 7th Dec; there are Anson and Mirage restoration updates; Chris Doudy tells us about his trip to the Mid North Christian College’s grad ceremony and their Aero 45 restoration progress; Mike Milln muses on the birth of the Vickers Vimy and its descendants, and contributes a profile on the development of Adelaide Airport; Langdon Badger reminisces about Spitfire wreck recoveries; and there are a couple of interesting RAAF History snippets.

Have a good read – and Merry Christmas from all of us at the South Australian Aviation Museum!

Jimmy Pink is SAAM’s 2019 Volunteer of the Year!

Jimmy Pink was recognised as SAAM’s 2019 Volunteer of the Year at our Christmas party on 7 December 2019.

Jimmy is very special – you can read about his wartime RAAF and postwar BOAC careers in our April newsletter here http://www.saam.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/PM-Apr19.pdf but since he joined us as a member aged 82 in 2006 he has worked tirelessly on reception duty and as one of our most popular tour guides.

His 95th Birthday Party was held in Hangar 1 on 13th April and a video made of it that you can view by clicking on the image of President David Byrne awarding him the Volunteer of the Year Shield.

Congratulations Jimmy!

F-111 Tours Christmas Sale!

Looking for something different to give for Christmas??

Our one-on-one F-111 tours give you an intensive 2-hour tour of the aircraft with plenty of cockpit time. Until 31st December 2019 they are on sale for 25% off the normal purchase price. Buy a Christmas Gift Certificate for the discounted price of $75! The lucky recipient can make a booking for their tour any time they choose – there is no expiry date on the Certificate.

Click on the F-111 image for details on how to purchase and book a tour!

November newsletter ready for download!

Our November newsletter is ready for download – just click on the front-page image at left, or go to the Newsletters tab to browse issues.

This month has been dominated by the Epic Flight Centenary events and SAAM’s role in them. There are stories about those, plus Anson and Fairey Battle restoration updates; some local history about the Dardanelles Memorial off South Terrace, an in-depth examination of the planning and execution of the Vintage Aircraft Flypast on 20th October; a RAAF History contribution about Richard Williams, Ross Smith’s CO in Palestine; an interesting piece on the influence of the French on aviation vocabulary; and Ivan Leatherland’s profile of WWII bomb-aimer FLTLT Dave Kenny. We end up with a page of photos of some of the recent action!

Sit back and enjoy a good read…

October Newsletter ready for download!

Our October newsletter is now ready for download. Just click on the front-page image at left, or go to the Newsletters tab to browse past issues.

This month the President updates us about the Museum’s activities, Marion Flak gives a detailed rundown of his progress in restoring the SAATAS engine test rig, Langdon Badger remembers the 1964 Brisbane-Adelaide Air Race, Mike Milln pays tribute to Harry Schneider and Alan Killmier in a story about the Museum’s acquisition of gliders, the History Group contributes a profile of Harry Schneider, and we give notice of the Annual General Meeting on 16 November and provide the necessary Committee nomination forms.