New Cockpit Experience Tour Program!

 

 

We have just introduced a new tour program – for $30 you can choose between our F-27 Friendship, C-47 Dakota, Macchi Jet Trainer or DHC-4 Caribou to spend 30 minutes in the cockpit with an experienced guide. – or $50 for a couple in the same aircraft… Just click on the poster to go to our tours page for the details!

If you want a full-on experience on the F-111 you can book a 2-hour one-on-one tour in our popular F-111 program too – details for purchasing and booking are here: http://www.saam.org.au/tours/

New Profile on-line: “South Australian Brothers-in-Arms: Wilfred & Edgar McCloughry”

Chas Schaedel has written a new profile of the South Australian McCloughry brothers-in-arms, Wilfred and Edgar, who served together with No 4 AFC in France, were highly decorated and went on to achieve high rank in the postwar RAF. Chas has said “When the question is asked ‘name two South Australian brothers who played a significant part in aviation history around the period of the Great War’ the answer is usually Ross and Keith Smith and rightly so. But there are other SA-born siblings who achieved distinction during and after the conflict, such as the McCloughry brothers…” Hopefully this profile will become one of a series and Chas will produce more fascinating histories of SA brothers-in-arms in the Great War.

This one is ready for download under the History Group tab, or just click on the photo of Wilfred MccLoughry at left!

Chas was also largely responsible for writing the History Group’s ANZAC Centenary project book “South Australian Airmen of the Great War”. That is also on our website or, of you like a book in your hands, you can pick one up at the Museum for $10. If you can claim one of the airmen listed as a relative we will give you a book for free!

Our January newsletter is ready for download!

Our first newsletter of the New Year is ready to download – just click on the image or go to the Newsletters tab.

The President provides an update on where we are with the new hangar fit-out and the Orion reassembly, there are a couple of interesting stories about maritime searches Edinburgh-based Orions have participated in, a profile on Vickers Viscounts in Australian service and the usual restoration updates. Read on!

AP-3C Orion A9-756 positioned for reassembly!

Stephen Nitschke and Waynne Lee accomplished a big step in the assembly of AP-3C Orion A9-756 last night – simply by moving the 12 tonne fuselage from the centre of our new display hangar to be adjacent to the south wall. This created the space to attach the port wing.
It was no simple job though – Stephen designed and built a system of blocks and cables attached to the hangar wall columns so that the 3 trestles could be winched simultaneously under equal tension from a single point. This was vital to prevent twisting of the trestles or stress on the fuselage. This video shows how it was done.

The next task will be to attach the port wing. We will make further posts to update progress.

IMG_3464 from South Australian Aviation Museum on Vimeo.

December Newsletter ready for download!

Our Christmas newsletter is ready for downloading – just click on the front-page image, or go to the Newsletters tab. It’s a bigger file than usual, so please be patient if it’s a little slow downloading.

There’s Orion and Christmas Party news from the President; an obituary for Cdr David “Shorty” Hamilton RN, our Honorary Member and generous donor who sadly left us last month; an article on the aviation trophies in SAAM’s collection; and lots of other interesting stories.

 

AP-3C Orion A9-756 Fuselage, wing and tail section arrive at SAAM!

In a massive logistical exercise the major components of A9-756 were delivered from RAAF Base Edinburgh 92 Wing to SAAM on 10 December. Alltrans Transport and Nick’s Cranes did a magnificent job and the fuselage is now on trestles in our new display hangar with the wing, tail section, engines, propellers, radomes, control surfaces and a mass of parts all in storage at SAAM ready for the long and difficult job of reassembly.

This is the biggest aircraft by far in SAAM’s collection and will be a huge draw-card for the Museum.

Our thanks go to the Department of Defence Disposals, who accepted our tender for the aircraft; the RAAF, who helped facilitate the transfer of the aircraft; the Army Combat Service Support Section, who moved the six semitrailer loads of components; and finally Airbus Industries. Airbus Industries were responsible for dismantling the aircraft and they also sponsored it by donating $15,000 to assist us with the project. This much-appreciated generosity will be acknowledged by SAAM by dedicating display space to record the years of maintenance work performed by Airbus on both the Orion and Caribou aircraft.

Another History Group Profile added!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nigel Daw of our History Group has followed his previous profile of Airlines of SA’s DC-3 operations with a new one about the Convair 440 operations 1960-72. The story includes his personal recollections of flights on the aircraft and photographs from his collection.

To download the profile just click on the image or got to the History Group tab on the Home Page and browse the many interesting profiles posted there.

AP-3C Orion A09-756 parts arrive at SAAM!

Six semi-trailers loaded with parts off the aircraft being disassembled at Edinburgh arrived at SAAM yesterday (23 Nov). We unloaded engines, propellers, nose and aft radomes, rudder, elevators, ailerons and flaps with the help of personnel from 1 Combat Service Support Battalion. Vaughn Wilds, the Orion Disposals Project Manager was along to direct operations. The fuselage arrives next month, then the immense project, for our all-volunteer organisation, starts to reassemble the aircraft for display.

SAAM is very grateful to all involved in this fantastic project to preserve RAAF heritage.

The video is of SAAM volunteers Walter Hill and Waynne Lee unloading one of the propellers.