August Newsletter ready to download!

 

Our August Props & Mags is ready for download – just click on the front page image.

There’s lots of interesting reading: President David Byrne’s update on progress funding and carrying out the plethora of jobs going on around the Museum, the usual restoration updates, a snippet on WWII Pathfinder pilot David Leicester DFC & Bar who has just turned 95, all you ever wanted to know from the RAAF about badges versus crests (!), a retrospective on the huge project involved in the acquisition of DHC-4 Caribou A4-225 and a fascinating profile of Frank Briggs in WWI and thereafter. Enjoy!!

Two new Chas Schaedel History Group Profiles ready for download!

 

 

Chas Schaedel has written two new profiles in our Significant South Australian Aviators series: one under his “Brothers-in-Arms” theme on the Larkin brothers, and the other on Frank Briggs – largely forgotten but hugely significant.

You can download the profiles under the History Group/Pre WW II tab, or just click on the images – top for the Larkin brothers, bottom for Frank Briggs.

 

 

 

July Newsletter ready for download!

We’ve got a big issue this month – 20 pages of good reading…

The president updates all the functions we have coming up; Langdon Badger is at it again with tall tails of his “out landings’; we update you on what the restoration crews are up to; there’s an interesting story about what happened to one of Horrie Miller’s Curtis Seagulls; articles from RAAF History on the CA-15 Kangaroo and when they took the red out of roundels; and finally a profile by Peter Ingman of another of the EATS facilities in WWII South Australia – this time No 1 EFTS Parafield.

Click on the front page at left, put your feet up and have a good read!

June newsletter ready for download!!

 

Our June newsletter is ready to download – it’s a sad issue with obituaries of two recently lost members and an In Memoriam of the anniversary of Paul Daw’s death in the Rossair crash last year, but there’s lots of interesting updates on what’s going on at SAAM as well. Just click on the image at left to download, or go to the Newsletters tab on the home page.

May newsletter ready for download!

Our May newsletter is now ready to download – just click on the front-page image at left. 

There’s lots of good reading as usual – the president’s update on the month’s big news issues; stories on the Cierva C.30A Autogyro, the re-formation of 24Sqn at Mallala and Rod Kopp’s experiences in a RACSA Chipmunk; restoration updates; and Jim Rogers’ and Steve Nelson’s profile of the DHC-4 Caribou. Read on!!

NEW! Profile of SQNLDR David Leicester DFC and Bar OAM available for download

Mike Milln of the Museum’s History Group has produced a profile of SQNLDR David Leicester DFC & Bar OAM. This extraordinary man, still alive and well with his wife in Adelaide, completed a tour of 30 Ops over Germany and France with 158 and 640 Sqns RAF, then volunteered for a 31st when squadrons were called on to make ‘maximum effort’ to field aircraft for the infamous Nuremberg raid in March 1944.

During that time he was promoted from Flight Sergeant to Squadron Leader to become the youngest squadron leader and Flight Commander of all the allied air forces.

He didn’t stop there, as he could have done. He volunteered for the 8 Group Pathfinder Force and completed an incredible further 37 missions with 35 Sqn. This really is an amazing story. You can download his story by clicking on the image at left.

New! Wing Tips – The story of the Royal Aero Club of South Australia – Book 2: 1941-1946

SAAM History Group member Mike Milln has just published Book 2 of his Royal Aero Club of South Australia history. (Book 1, covering the 1926-1941 period, was published in 2011.)
Book 2 covers the 40 postwar years until the Club’s failure. This is a warts-and-all story that is sad in some parts and funny in others. But it’s much more than just an aero club history – it also describes the context within which the club operated – the national aero clubs movement and the changing postwar aviation policy and regulatory environments that spelled its downfall. It is a must read for anybody connected with the club and/or interested in the part the aero club movement played in Australia’s aviation development.
You can buy the book at SAAM, at Dymocks and Adelaide Booksellers in Adelaide’s Rundle Mall, and/or on-line at:
www.mikemillnbooks.com
www.avonmorebooks.com.au
Price $45
B5 softcover
465 pages
192 images – 33 in colour
Full index, bibliography & 9 appendices.