“Kids” – Big & Small – Great Day Out for All the Family!!

Our big day on Sunday 29th October is not to be missed! Come and join us 9:30am to 4:30pm.

There will be all sorts of things to do and see – and hear! We will have the Caribou and Kiowa cockpits open at no charge, and the F-111 for a nominal $5 to help us defray the costs of exhibiting the aircraft. Otherwise pretty much everything is free other than normal entry charges and a couple of bucks (actually $2.50) for a gourmet slow-cooked sausage sizzle… and also cold drinks and the Koffee Van for all sorts of coffees and ice creams.

Barossa Helicopters will be giving their ever-popular scenic flights around the Port for $40/seat, weather permitting of course.

But the jumping castle is free and you can watch and listen to the Merlin and a couple of big radials running, the Humber Car Club will be there, Taskforce 72 will have a display of 1:72 scale working ship models – and of course you can enjoy browsing through our two display hangars and all the historic aircraft and artefacts in our collection. 

Oh – and our shop has a huge range of aircraft model kits for serious modellers through to kids, plus toys and novelties. And our  librarian will have a wide selection of second-hand aviation books for sale too!

So click on young Lachlan, who is enjoying himself piloting the Aero Commander, and download the full program. Come and join him on the day!

SAAM’s new display hangar officially opened by Senator David Fawcett..



SAAM’s new display hangar, part funded through the Australian Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund, was officially opened on behalf of the Commonwealth by Senator for South Australia Senator David Fawcett on Wednesday 30th August.

About 90 members and invited guests were on hand to hear SAAM President Pieter van Dyk, Mayor Gary Johanson of the Port Adelaide Enfield Council and Senator Fawcett address them. Senator Fawcett unveiled a commemorative plaque to officially open the hangar, and then toured the new hangar and the museum’s just completed Caribou display with other guests. They were also able to see the partially assembled Kiowa received from Defence Disposals just two days earlier. Our guests then joined us for a light lunch.

Among the guests were Mayor Gary Johanson, Bob Ahrens, Air Commodore Vincent (Joe) Lervasi, Jim Whalley and Roger Lang – all good friends of the museum.

Pictured is SAAM’s President, Pieter van Dyk, introducing Senator Fawcett to assembled guests.

Props, Jets & Rotors 16th Annual Aviation Scale Model Display and Competition …

SAAM is very pleased to be hosting the 16th Annual Props, Jets & Rotors Scale Model Display & Competition in the Museum on 12th-13th August 2017.

Come along and see a huge range of models produced by dedicated craftsmen – and women –  who really know what they are doing! You may pick up some hints for your own efforts …

Full details under the “Events” tab or just click on the poster

Last week of school holidays July 17th to 23rd…

Why not use the opportunity to bring the kids to the Aviation Museum??

We are open 10:30am-4:30pm every day with lots of free parking. For location and pricing details, go to the “About” tab.

The kids can have lots of fun and learn about our aviation heritage since 1910 as well. We are an accredited Children’s University Learning Destination too so, if you kids are in that program, be sure to bring their passports.

They can:

  • See the iconic F-111 and Spitfire and many more exciting displays
  • Climb aboard 4 aircraft
  • “Fly” the Aero Commander
  • Try their skill on our RAAF hand-eye-foot coordination tester
  • View our new display hangar that we are gradually filling up
  • Browse our shop – with 10% discounts on all Airfix and Runway models

AND – if the sun shines by any chance – bring a snack and use our picnic tables!

SAAM 30th Anniversary Celebrations

We celebrated our 30th Anniversary on Saturday the 19th July when the Governor of SA – His Excellency Rear Admiral the Hon. Kevin Scarce and Mrs Scarce joined us to mark this milestone in the museum’s progress. It was a time to reflect on our achievements, to thank those who assist us and to catch up with old friends. Our local state member Dr Susan Close MP and Mayor Gary Johanson joined us for the afternoon. Over a hundred past and present members also joined in the excellent afternoon tea and the formal celebration of the occasion. Some members stayed on whilst we had a BBQ and ran the Merlin and Rotary engines – the darkness made the exhausts One of the best features of the afternoon was the opportunity to catch up with old members who, while they are no longer active, have not lost interest in the Museum and its progress.

David Byrne


Some of the Museums original members

The Governor of SA presents the Commemorative plaque to the President of SAAM to record the event