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…

October Newsletter ready for download!

Our October newsletter is now ready for download. Just click on the front-page image at left, or go to the Newsletters tab to browse past issues.

This month the President updates us about the Museum’s activities, Marion Flak gives a detailed rundown of his progress in restoring the SAATAS engine test rig, Langdon Badger remembers the 1964 Brisbane-Adelaide Air Race, Mike Milln pays tribute to Harry Schneider and Alan Killmier in a story about the Museum’s acquisition of gliders, the History Group contributes a profile of Harry Schneider, and we give notice of the Annual General Meeting on 16 November and provide the necessary Committee nomination forms.

New book release – South Pacific Air War Part 3 – Coral Sea & Aftermath

Peter Ingman, chairman of SAAM’s History Group and co-author with Michael Claringbold of their South Pacific Air War series, has just published Volume 3 of the series: “Coral Sea & Aftermath”. These comprehensive but immensely readable histories can be read alone or as part of a trilogy that spans the first six months of the Pacific War and culminates in the Battle of the Coral Sea,
It is available in SAAM’s shop and from www.avonmorebooks.com.au, or send $44.95 + $9.95 P&P to Avonmore Books, PO Box 217 Kent Town SA 5071.

 

September Newsletter is ready to download!

Another big edition this month! David Byrne updates the issues in his President’s Report, including the acquisition of a Schneider Baby IV glider; there are progress reports on the restorations in progress with a new report from Chris Doudy’s on the Aero 145; some great photos of F-111C A8-132 by RAAF photographer Ray Bennell with his story of how he took the featured photo; part 2 of SAAM’s history, which takes us through the expansion years 1991-2005 ending with our relocation to the present site; Langdon Badger contributes to the Epic Flight Centenary (!); and some snippets of interesting RAAF history from WGCDR Ian Gibson. Should be a great read!!

Just click on the image to download, or go to the Newsletters tab to browse past issues.

August newsletter ready to download!

Our August newsletter is ready to download – just click on the front-page image, or go to the Newsletters tab to browse past issues.

This month President David Byrne tells about SAAM’s participation at the Minlaton celebrations of Harry Butler’s 1919 flight over the Gulf and gives a projects update; there are restoration updates on the Anson and Fairey Battle as usual; Beverley McWilliams tells how she came to write a Children’s book about Harry Butler soon to be launched at SAAM; we print a 1973 letter from Horrie Miller to his friend Ray Hannan that clears up some historical mysteries; a piece on our Caribou’s participation in the East Timor evacuation in 1975; the story of HMAS Adelaide’s and Edinburgh AP3-C’s part in the Bullimore rescue in 1997, and SAAM’s plans for an Air Sea Rescue display; and a History Group profile of airman John C. (Jack) Doudy. Read on and enjoy!