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

All British Day

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The Aviation Museum was invited to display and run a Merlin engine at the All British Day in Echunga SA which is a wonderful display of motor vehicles’ manufactured in England from the early 1900 to present day. There were some 800 cars and motor bikes on display along with some trade displays and family fun attractions. This event is held on the second Sunday in February each year. The museum had on display a 1100hp 1943 Merlin engine which we ran on the hour for a period of 5 minutes consuming some 80 litres of fuel during the day. The engine run and display was received with great enthusiasm. After each engine run we had great interaction with the public with questions and stories. The Merlin engine became the work horse of the second world war being fitted to many aircraft, including the Spitfire, Mosquito, Lancaster Bomber & P40 mustang  just to name a few.