EFC2019 releases its Year in Review Report

Greg Mackie OAM, Chief Executive Officer of the History Trust of South Australia and Chairman of EFC2019 – the Epic Flight Centenary Committee, has released the Committee’s report Epic Flight Centenary 1919-2019 – Year in Review. It records the achievements throughout the year in celebrating the Centenary of the Epic Flight of  Vickers Vimy G-EAOU in the 1919 air race. You can download the report here

The South Australian Aviation Museum is proud of its contribution to the celebrations, including the service of our President, David Byrne, on the Epic Flight Committee and:

  • the four 1919 Air Race Lectures given during the May History Festival;
  • the launch of our Vickers Vimy Mural in July;
  • the contribution of volunteer monitors at the Adelaide Airport Vickers Vimy Open Day in October; and
  • the contribution of artefacts from the Museum’s collection to the State Library of South Australia’s Heroes of the Skies exhibition in November.

In addition, representatives of the Museum attended and supported many of the other events throughout the year.

Videos of the four History Festival lectures and the launch of the Vickers Vimy light show may be viewed on our Media Gallery page here.

March Newsletter ready for download!

Our big edition March Newsletter is ready for download. Just click here or go to the Newsletters tab to browse previous issues.

In this 25 page edition President David Byrne gives a glimpse of the new Collection Guide cover and explains the COVID-19 situation in relation to the Museum’s temporary closure; and there are the usual restoration updates, reports on the Mid North Christian College visit and Air League ISS radio hook-up, Graham Dicker’s Marsh AFB Museum visit, a couple of Chipmunk stories from long-term donor Trevor Shepherd and Nigel Daw’s profile of SAAM member Jimmy Pink’s long aviation career.

Should be a great read!

Three new History Group Profiles ready for download!

History Group member Nigel Daw has been busy – he has researched and written three new profiles that are now ready to download.

– A profile of SAAM member and ex RAF/BOAC pilot Jimmy Pink is under the WWII tab here: https://www.saam.org.au/download/jimmy-pink/;

– The history of Harry Butler’s 1919 flight to Minlaton and subsequent re-enactments here: http://www.saam.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/SAAM-Profiles-Re-enactment-flights-to-Minlaton-2.pdf

– and the history of Graham Carey’s 1917 flight to Gawler and its subsequent re-enactments here: http://www.saam.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/SAAM-Profiles-Re-enactment-flights-to-Gawler.pdf

February 2020 Newsletter ready for download!

Our February newsletter is ready for download here http://www.saam.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/PM-Feb20.pdf, or just go to the Newsletters tab above to browse past issues.

This month’s edition includes President David Byrne’s update of our coming events and activities, the usual project updates, some interesting RAAF History articles on SQNLDR Lawrence Wackett’s RAAF Experimental Station and No 1 SQN’s aerial photo-mapping in Palestine a hundred years ago, Member Jim Roger’s explanation of why aeroplanes fly and Mike Milln’s profile of the 1966 National Air Show in Adelaide.

Sit back and have a good read!

Another History Group Profile available for download!

“The 1966 National Air Show and RACSA’s part in it” is ready for download here: http://www.saam.org.au/download/1966-national-air-show-and-racsas-part-in-it/

History Group member Mike Milln has adapted chapter 29 of his book “Wing Tips – The story of the Royal Aero Club of South Australia – Book 2: 1941-1986” as another Significant Aviation Events profile.

It tells the story of the 1966 National Air Show at Parafield and Edinburgh, and RACSA’s part in its planning and execution.

Another History Group Profile to download!

“The development of Adelaide West Beach Airport” is ready for download here: http://www.saam.org.au/history/post-world-war-ii/

Mike Milln has adapted Chapter 11 of his book “Wing Tips – The story of the Royal Aero Club of South Australia – Book 2 1941-1986”, which details the circumstances that led to the need for a second airport in Adelaide, the selection of the site and all the drama of its lengthy construction timetable.

January 2020 Newsletter ready for download!

Our New Year’s editions is ready for download here: http://www.saam.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/PM-Jan20.pdf

Read the President’s New Year’s report; Tours Manager John Jefferson’s analysis of SAAM visitor origins; restoration updates from the Anson and Mirage crews; an article by VP Mike Milln on Keith Virtue and his ferry of Aero 145 VH-DUH, sister ship of VH-ZCL under restoration at SAAM, from Czechoslovakia to Australia; and History Group Chairman Peter Ingman’s fine profile of No 6 SFTS Mallala.

Our December newsletter is ready for download!

There is a big Christmas edition ready for download!  Just click on the image at left, or go to the Newsletters tab to browse past issues.

In this edition the President writes about the events of the past year and our priorities for next year; we share a couple of pages of photos of our Christmas party on 7th Dec; there are Anson and Mirage restoration updates; Chris Doudy tells us about his trip to the Mid North Christian College’s grad ceremony and their Aero 45 restoration progress; Mike Milln muses on the birth of the Vickers Vimy and its descendants, and contributes a profile on the development of Adelaide Airport; Langdon Badger reminisces about Spitfire wreck recoveries; and there are a couple of interesting RAAF History snippets.

Have a good read – and Merry Christmas from all of us at the South Australian Aviation Museum!

November newsletter ready for download!

Our November newsletter is ready for download – just click on the front-page image at left, or go to the Newsletters tab to browse issues.

This month has been dominated by the Epic Flight Centenary events and SAAM’s role in them. There are stories about those, plus Anson and Fairey Battle restoration updates; some local history about the Dardanelles Memorial off South Terrace, an in-depth examination of the planning and execution of the Vintage Aircraft Flypast on 20th October; a RAAF History contribution about Richard Williams, Ross Smith’s CO in Palestine; an interesting piece on the influence of the French on aviation vocabulary; and Ivan Leatherland’s profile of WWII bomb-aimer FLTLT Dave Kenny. We end up with a page of photos of some of the recent action!

Sit back and enjoy a good read…