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.

Fairey Battle restoration gathers pace!

SAAM’s restoration/reconstruction of Fairey Battle N2188 is progressing well. Earlier this month the vertical fin, rudder and elevators were added to the horizontal stabilisers and aft fuselage section already assembled with the tailwheel and tail cone. The assembled structure gives a graphic demonstration of just how big this aircraft is going to be…

The assembly went well, although it took quite a number of volunteers to align the elevators for attachment as you can see in the smaller photograph!

The elevators are to be removed again to be fabric covered, then reattached with the various fuselage fairings installed.

Progress on the CC-1 Replica restoration!

SAAM is making great progress on its restoration of the CC-1 replica, with the wings and tail surfaces patched/re-covered and re-attached to the aircraft.

The CC-1 is a replica of Clyde Cessna’s first design, built by Gordon Lewis and his engineers at Rossair from original plans in 1966 for the National Air Show. It was donated to SAAM by Gordon’s family a couple of years ago – so restoration is taking a little longer than the original build!

Kiowa A17-010 lands at SAAM…

Kiowa A17/010 was loaded at Damascus Barracks on Friday and arrived safely at SAAM this afternoon (28 August).

SAAM volunteers unloaded the aircraft including tailboom, rotors and a case of parts, and it is now placed adjacent to Caribou A4-225 in our new display hangar.

Next – reassembly and restoration!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Kiowa A17-010 on its way to SAAM!

Kiowa A17-010, courtesy of Defence Disposal’s excellent program to give museums opportunity to acquire and preserve defence heritage to display for present and future generations, was loaded at Damascus Barracks Brisbane today. As well as the fuselage, the main rotors and tail boom and various other parts are on the truck.

All going well, it will be available for viewing in its present dismantled state at our Official Opening on 30th August Рsee here for the program: http://www.saam.org.au/events/

We then have the job ahead of us to re-assemble the aircraft using the parts supplied, supplemented with other necessary parts we are sourcing from the Bell JetRanger shell we recently acquired and possibly from other museums in the network that received other Kiowa airframes.

A17-010 will be a great addition to our collection.

SAAM to acquire Bell 206B-1 Kiowa A17-010…

Well, it’s official – Defence Disposals has awarded SAAM Kiowa A17-010 after a disposal tender process. The aircraft is presently at Damascus Barracks, Brisbane, and SAAM volunteers will collect it and arrange transport back to SAAM at the end of August.

The aircraft is not complete, but A17-010 is more complete than many of the disposals and we are confident that with a bit of parts foraging we will be able to present a complete display before too long. We plan to include the aircraft with Caribou A4-225 and Canberra WD954 nose section¬†in a new Vietnam War exhibition. We’ll keep you posted on timing.

SAAM member Nigel Daw took the photos – 1/Holdsworthy 8/1/1972, 2/Oakey 6/8/1980 and 3/ Avalon 12/3/2009