AP-3C Orion A9-756 officially handed over to SAAM!

Guest and members at the official handover ceremony
WGCDR Colin Smith speaking at the official handover ceremony
Martin Ball speaking at the official handover ceremony

The Orion was officially handed over to SAAM by AIRCDRE John Meier of RAAF Heritage on 2 December 2018 at a ceremony beside the reassembled aircraft in SAAM’s Hangar 2. 

WGCDR Colin Smith, CO of 10Sqn; Martin Ball, VP-Fixed Wing Airbus Australia Pacific; and Jim Whalley, Nova Group Chairman and SAAM’s Patron were included in the official party and around 100 members and guests attended.

The disassembled Orion was delivered to SAAM on 10 December 2017 and has been reassembled by a team of SAAM volunteers. The aircraft is presently displayed without its starboard wing and vertical tail surfaces because of space constraints, but SAAM’s forward plans include expansion of the display space to allow completion of the assembly.

SAAM statement on calls to relocate Vickers Vimy G-EAOU

It seems that nothing stirs controversy like the Vickers Vimy at Adelaide Airport – the latest being that it should be moved to the Eastern states.
Of course it should not be, especially since plans are already underway to relocate it to a much more accessible site as part of Adelaide Airport Ltd’s terminal expansion.
The South Australian Aviation Museum has been a long-term advocate of increasing the access of South Australians and visitors to this iconic aircraft.

We assisted Adelaide Airport Ltd (AAL) in planning the refurbishment of the existing memorial as an interim measure, and we strongly support AAL’s intention to relocate it.
We recognise that will take time and money, and we urge State and Commonwealth Governments to assist AAL with funding to effect the relocation as soon as possible.
In the meantime we will continue to support AAL’s demonstrated careful custodianship of this precious artefact and will provide whatever technical advice we can in the planning for its future.

 David Byrne (President) and Committee

South Australian Aviation Museum Inc

Mirage IIID A3/115 finally arrives at SAAM!

WP_20181102_11_10_20_Pro from South Australian Aviation Museum on Vimeo.

Mirage IIID A3-115 was transported from its long-time gate guard position at RAAF Base Edinburgh to SAAM on 2 November 2018. The aircraft has been donated to SAAM by RAAF Heritage, to whom we are very grateful.

Alltrans Heavy Haulage and Nicks Cranes teamed up in an intricate wide-load and crane lift operation – the same contractors who served us so well with the AP-3C Orion delivery in December 2017.

The aircraft has been positioned in SAAM’s courtyard for interim display until inside space can be arranged. In the meantime it is in a sheltered area of the courtyard in the corner between two hangars, and shade cloth is to be installed soon.

 

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/