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.

What to do and see at SAAM!

Here’s a snapshot of all the things you can do and see at the South Australian Aviation Museum – and every day too! Well, almost every day – the only day we close is Christmas Day.

Come and see for yourself!

Click on the poster at left for link to full size.

New Cockpit Experience Tour Program!

 

 

We have just introduced a new tour program – for $30 you can choose between our F-27 Friendship, C-47 Dakota, Macchi Jet Trainer or DHC-4 Caribou to spend 30 minutes in the cockpit with an experienced guide. – or $50 for a couple in the same aircraft… Just click on the poster to go to our tours page for the details!

If you want a full-on experience on the F-111 you can book a 2-hour one-on-one tour in our popular F-111 program too – details for purchasing and booking are here: http://www.saam.org.au/tours/

AP-3C Orion A9-756 positioned for reassembly!

Stephen Nitschke and Waynne Lee accomplished a big step in the assembly of AP-3C Orion A9-756 last night – simply by moving the 12 tonne fuselage from the centre of our new display hangar to be adjacent to the south wall. This created the space to attach the port wing.
It was no simple job though – Stephen designed and built a system of blocks and cables attached to the hangar wall columns so that the 3 trestles could be winched simultaneously under equal tension from a single point. This was vital to prevent twisting of the trestles or stress on the fuselage. This video shows how it was done.

The next task will be to attach the port wing. We will make further posts to update progress.

IMG_3464 from South Australian Aviation Museum on Vimeo.

AP-3C Orion A9-756 Fuselage, wing and tail section arrive at SAAM!

In a massive logistical exercise the major components of A9-756 were delivered from RAAF Base Edinburgh 92 Wing to SAAM on 10 December. Alltrans Transport and Nick’s Cranes did a magnificent job and the fuselage is now on trestles in our new display hangar with the wing, tail section, engines, propellers, radomes, control surfaces and a mass of parts all in storage at SAAM ready for the long and difficult job of reassembly.

This is the biggest aircraft by far in SAAM’s collection and will be a huge draw-card for the Museum.

Our thanks go to the Department of Defence Disposals, who accepted our tender for the aircraft; the RAAF, who helped facilitate the transfer of the aircraft; the Army Combat Service Support Section, who moved the six semitrailer loads of components; and finally Airbus Industries. Airbus Industries were responsible for dismantling the aircraft and they also sponsored it by donating $15,000 to assist us with the project. This much-appreciated generosity will be acknowledged by SAAM by dedicating display space to record the years of maintenance work performed by Airbus on both the Orion and Caribou aircraft.

AP-3C Orion A09-756 parts arrive at SAAM!

Six semi-trailers loaded with parts off the aircraft being disassembled at Edinburgh arrived at SAAM yesterday (23 Nov). We unloaded engines, propellers, nose and aft radomes, rudder, elevators, ailerons and flaps with the help of personnel from 1 Combat Service Support Battalion. Vaughn Wilds, the Orion Disposals Project Manager was along to direct operations. The fuselage arrives next month, then the immense project, for our all-volunteer organisation, starts to reassemble the aircraft for display.

SAAM is very grateful to all involved in this fantastic project to preserve RAAF heritage.

The video is of SAAM volunteers Walter Hill and Waynne Lee unloading one of the propellers.

Fairey Battle restoration gathers pace!

SAAM’s restoration/reconstruction of Fairey Battle N2188 is progressing well. Earlier this month the vertical fin, rudder and elevators were added to the horizontal stabilisers and aft fuselage section already assembled with the tailwheel and tail cone. The assembled structure gives a graphic demonstration of just how big this aircraft is going to be…

The assembly went well, although it took quite a number of volunteers to align the elevators for attachment as you can see in the smaller photograph!

The elevators are to be removed again to be fabric covered, then reattached with the various fuselage fairings installed.