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 – see 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

SAAM takes delivery of donated Bell 206B Jet Ranger II…

SAAM volunteers loaded a Bell 206B Jet Ranger II donated by Hartwig Aviation at Parafield for transport to SAAM today 5th July. The donation was a legacy of Paul Daw, who facilitated it with Hartwig. This video shows Mark of Adelaide Heavy Haulage loading the aircraft at Parafield.

The aircraft, while incomplete, includes many parts SAAM will need to complete its Kiowa display when that aircraft is received from Defence Disposals (the acquisition is pending completion of a Deed of Transfer and payment to Defence). Our thanks to Hartwig Aviation for the donation and Adelaide Heavy Haulage for the transport.

WP_20170705_10_31_17_Pro from South Australian Aviation Museum on Vimeo.

SAAM’s Caribou moved to its final display position…

DHC4 Caribou A4-225 was jockeyed into its final position in our new 1,200 square metre display hangar today (1 July 2017). This was harder than it sounds because it involved much delicate manoeuvring with the tail swivelling in its raised “loft” section of the hangar. The aircraft is now angled to maximise available display space and allow attachment of the port wing.

 

 

More Progress on Caribou Reassembly!

SAAM volunteers reinstalled the rudder on DHC-4 Caribou A4-225 on 17 June 2017. This involved raising the nose to lower the tail to a workable height, lifting the rudder with our forklift, installing the bolts with a scissor lift on one side and work platform on the other, then carefully lowering the nose to make sure we had sufficient roof clearance as the tail rose. It was a close call, but our building design calculations proved correct and the top of the rudder fitted nicely under the raised roof of the eastern bay of our new display hangar. A fine piece of team work!