Aero 145 VH-ZCL arrives at SAAM!

Aero 145 VH-ZCL was recovered from storage at Pallamana Aerodrome near Murray Bridge SA on 1 September 2018 and is now safely at SAAM. The aircraft had been dismantled for restoration by the donors, the Charlie Zululima Trust, which SAAM will now undertake, The fuselage (as pictured) is in our workshop and the wings, tail surfaces, engines, instruments and seats etc all in  temporary container storage. We will advise further when we have a timeline worked out for this major restoration and assembly project.

The aircraft has rich South Australian provenance: it was purchased by John Doudy, who established Commodore Aviation,  in October 1962 and registered as VH-WWC. Commodore based the aircraft in Port Lincoln where for many years it was used for tuna spotting and island lighthouse supply.

SAAM to acquire Aero 145 VH-WWC/ZCL!

SAAM is about to acquire Aero 145 VH-ZCL, donated by John and Marj Ellis and the ‘Charlie Zululima Trust’ that had dismantled it for restoration. SAAM will undertake the restoration and display the aircraft in due course.
It has huge South Australian historical importance – purchased originally by John Doudy, who established Commodore Aviation, and registered as VH-WWC in October 1962 then used for tuna spotting and lighthouse supply out of Port Lincoln until around 1979. John’s son, Chris Doudy, wrote a history of it in our last newsletter www.saam.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/PM-Jun18.pdf.

BAe146 forward section arrives at SAAM!

Cobham Aviation Services kindly donated BAe146 forward section, comprising cockpit and three rows of seat, to SAAM and transported it to the Museum on 16 May 2018. Here is some video of the aircraft section arriving at the Museum.

WP_20180516_11_24_48_Pro from South Australian Aviation Museum on Vimeo.

The aircraft, in service as VH-NJL, was destined for scrap.

SAAM intends to refurbish it as an interactive display that visitors can sit in.

 

 

 

SAAM to acquire Mirage IIID A3-115!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAAM today (3 May 2018 ) executed a Deed of Gift with RAAF Heritage for Mirage IIID A3-115 on an “as is/where is” basis. We are very grateful to RAAF Heritage for their confidence in us.

The aircraft is presently on display at RAAF Edinburgh as pictured.

We plan to concentrate on the reassembly of Orion A9-756 before picking it up, so it will be some time before A3-115 is on display at SAAM, where it will represent the work of ARDU at Edinburgh.

We will keep you posted.

SAAM swapping RF-111C A8-134 for F-111C A8-132

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SAAM has agreed to an F-111 swap so that our existing loaned aircraft A8-134 will go to the Australian War Memorial and be replaced by A8-132, presently at RAAF Base Edinburgh.

We regard this as a win-win. The AWM gets an RF-111C aircraft that was active in the East Timor theatre, and we get an F-111C with long and distinguished South Australian provenance of weapons trials with ARDU at Edinburgh. We are also delighted to further strengthen our existing cordial and cooperative relationships with the AWM and RAAF Heritage.

We are not sure yet exactly when the exchange will take place – but it’s soon and for a short time there will be two F-111s on site while the exchange takes place. Not to be missed!! We will keep you posted.

Another milestone reached in SAAM’s re-assembly of AP-3C Orion A9-756!

On 24 February 2018 the port wing of SAAM’s AP-3C Orion was lifted onto a trestle lent for the purpose by Airbus Edinburgh and re-attached to the fuselage by SAAM volunteers. Our thanks to Airbus  for their ongoing generous support and for the vital trestle, and to Nick’s Cranes who performed the flawless lift in very confined circumstances.

Next tasks will be to reinstall the engines, propellers and main landing gear.

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/

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.

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.