SAAM re-opening Wednesday 25th November!

We are very happy to be able to announce that the Museum will be re-opening to visitors on Wednesday 25th November.

Please note that SA Health’s spatial limit requirements of 1 person per 4 sq metres will apply. This limits our reception/shop area to 6 persons at a time, so please be patient if you are asked to wait a minute or two before entering. All our COVID-Safe procedures are in place so please use the hand sanitiser stations and maintain 1.5m distance from other visitors not in your party.

SAAM members may return to their projects from Monday 23rd November. Be sure to observe all workplace spatial distancing and sanitising requirements and be COVID safe!

SAAM closed to visitors from 16 November 2020 until further notice.

We are very sorry to announce that the Museum is closed to visitors from 16 November 2020 until further noce while we assess the current COVID-19 situation.

The safety of of visitors and members remains our paramount concern.

We will post further information here and on our Facebook page as soon as it is available. You can access our Facebook page by clicking on the Facebook icon on the sidebar at right.

Props, Jets & Rotors Display and Competition at SAAM 7th-8th November 2020!

The Props, Jets and Rotors 19th Annual Display and Competition will be on at SAAM on 7th-8th November.

You can download the program here.

Note – the event was originally scheduled in August and was postponed to the new dates due to COVID-19 concerns. The references in the program to August are in error and event is now definitely scheduled for 7th/8th November.

The event is held at SAAM every year and the number and quality of the models displayed has to be seen to be believed. Come and see for yourself!

There are no addition charges for coming to the Display – normal entry fees apply.

Sorry!! Our Open Cockpits & Engine Run Day POSTPONED

We are very disappointed to announce the postponement of our Open Cockpits and Engine Run Day on Sunday 19th April 2020 due to the Corona/COVID-19 virus situation.
We will re-schedule and advise a new date when the situation allows.

In the meantime we are welcoming visitors as normal but urge you to take all precautions to protect your health and that of other visitors and our volunteers. The Health SA website here contains much useful information and additionally, we would ask you to be prepared to pay for your entry through card pay-wave to avoid the handling of cash.

Open Cockpits & Engine Run Day on Sunday 19th April 2020!

SORRY – THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED DUE TO THE COVID-19 SITUATION. A NEW DATE WILL BE PUBLISHED WHEN THE SITUATION ALLOWS

SAAM will open around 10 cockpits for visitors to sit in on our Open Day on Sunday 19th Apil 2020 – all for no additional charge except for the F-111 for which we do charge an extra $5. A great experience for adults and kids alike!

You can also learn about our historic aircraft engines and see (and hear!) some of them run throughout the day!

For more information and to download the action-packed program, just click here: http://www.saam.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Open-Cockpit-Day-19Apr2020-Poster-2.pdf

Jimmy Pink is SAAM’s 2019 Volunteer of the Year!

Jimmy Pink was recognised as SAAM’s 2019 Volunteer of the Year at our Christmas party on 7 December 2019.

Jimmy is very special – you can read about his wartime RAAF and postwar BOAC careers in our April newsletter here http://www.saam.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/PM-Apr19.pdf but since he joined us as a member aged 82 in 2006 he has worked tirelessly on reception duty and as one of our most popular tour guides.

His 95th Birthday Party was held in Hangar 1 on 13th April and a video made of it that you can view by clicking on the image of President David Byrne awarding him the Volunteer of the Year Shield.

Congratulations Jimmy!

Epic Flight Centenary Vimy Mural unveilled!

Our Epic Flight Centenary life-sized Vimy mural, painted by SAAM member and artist Janice Eames over the last three months, was “unveiled” on Wednesday night 3rd July by Dr Robert Black AM RFD MD (Group Captain Rtd), president of the RAAF Association (SA Division) who sponsored the project. About 170 invited guests and members watched the illumination of the mural accompanied by an Illuminart Show by Cindi Drennan. The running of SAAM’s Rolls Royce Merlin engine added atmosphere to the event.

After the show, guests returned to the Museum for hot soup and refreshments and Dr Black and Greg Mackie, CE of the History Trust of SA and chairman of the Epic Flight Centenary Committee, spoke about the Epic Flight and celebrations of the event throughout the year.

Janice Eames then explained how she had achieved such a magnificent outcome assisted by SAAM member Stephen Nitschke, who had projected the image for Janice to outline and fabricated special paint rollers to aid painting on the corrugated surface.

SAAM is very proud of the result, and grateful to the RAAF Association (SA Divsn) for the sponsorship that made it possible.