This month the President brings you up to date on SAAM’s big events, headlined by our Epic Flight Centenary Vimy Mural project sponsored by the RAAF Association SA Division; there’s other Epic Flight Centenary articles about the opening of the Vimy Memorial in April 1958 and a reminder about SAAM’s Epic Flight presentations during the History Festival next month; RAAF History contributes an interesting article about the hiccup 50 years ago with Australia’s P-3B deliveries; The Australian Air League Port Adelaide tell about their Avalon adventure; there’s a profile of 95-year old member Jimmy Pink who celebrated his birthday this week; and member Chris Doudy writes about his father’s restoration of Auster VH-SEB and his flight down from Singapore.
Mike Milln from SAAM’s History Group will be making four presentations during the History Festival celebrating the Epic Flight Centenary of the first flight from England to Australia by the Smith brothers in Vickers Vimy G-EAOU in Nov/Dec 1919. Each presentation discusses different phases of the Epic Flight, illustrated with many photographs.
Bookings by Ph 8240-1230 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Note – Normal SAAM entry prices apply – one entry allows attendance at all 4 presentations
Free parking at the Museum available, and morning/afternoon tea at $4!
Click on the image at left to download a poster of the events, or go to the History Festival website here: History Festival
Note we haven’t included Barossa Helicopters although we are hoping they will attend. There attendance is always subject to weather of course and we will confirm their intentions closer to the day.
It seems that nothing stirs controversy like the Vickers Vimy at Adelaide Airport – the latest being that it should be moved to the Eastern states.
Of course it should not be, especially since plans are already underway to relocate it to a much more accessible site as part of Adelaide Airport Ltd’s terminal expansion.
The South Australian Aviation Museum has been a long-term advocate of increasing the access of South Australians and visitors to this iconic aircraft.
We assisted Adelaide Airport Ltd (AAL) in planning the refurbishment of the existing memorial as an interim measure, and we strongly support AAL’s intention to relocate it.
We recognise that will take time and money, and we urge State and Commonwealth Governments to assist AAL with funding to effect the relocation as soon as possible.
In the meantime we will continue to support AAL’s demonstrated careful custodianship of this precious artefact and will provide whatever technical advice we can in the planning for its future.
David Byrne (President) and Committee
South Australian Aviation Museum Inc
Mirage IIID A3-115 was transported from its long-time gate guard position at RAAF Base Edinburgh to SAAM on 2 November 2018. The aircraft has been donated to SAAM by RAAF Heritage, to whom we are very grateful.
Alltrans Heavy Haulage and Nicks Cranes teamed up in an intricate wide-load and crane lift operation – the same contractors who served us so well with the AP-3C Orion delivery in December 2017.
The aircraft has been positioned in SAAM’s courtyard for interim display until inside space can be arranged. In the meantime it is in a sheltered area of the courtyard in the corner between two hangars, and shade cloth is to be installed soon.
Aero 145 VH-ZCL was recovered from storage at Pallamana Aerodrome near Murray Bridge SA on 1 September 2018 and is now safely at SAAM. The aircraft had been dismantled for restoration by the donors, the Charlie Zululima Trust, which SAAM will now undertake, The fuselage (as pictured) is in our workshop and the wings, tail surfaces, engines, instruments and seats etc all in temporary container storage. We will advise further when we have a timeline worked out for this major restoration and assembly project.
The aircraft has rich South Australian provenance: it was purchased by John Doudy, who established Commodore Aviation, in October 1962 and registered as VH-WWC. Commodore based the aircraft in Port Lincoln where for many years it was used for tuna spotting and island lighthouse supply.
SAAM’s restoration of its Cessna CC-1 replica is complete. This is a replica of Clyde Cessna’s original 1911 design built by Rossair’s chief engineer Gordon Lewis from original design drawings for the 1966 National Air Show at Parafield and Edinburgh. Rossair was the Cessna dealership at Parafield and the replica was displayed as a promotional initiative. It was dismantled sometime after the Air Show and stored in a shed on the Lewis’s Gawler property until donated by Gordon’s family to SAAM in December 2016. The aircraft has been fully restored and rigged, and a replica Anzani 3-cylinder engine installed that was purpose-built for SAAM in Hungary.
It is one of only two replicas of the original aircraft in existence: the other being displayed by Cessna in the US.
You can read more about the aircraft here: http://www.saam.org.au/cessna-cc-1-replica/
Jim, a former air force fighter pilot and test pilot with over 6,000 flying hours on more than 40 aircraft types, is a graduate of the RAF Empire Test Pilots’ School and holds an MBA from the University of Adelaide and a BSc from the University of NSW.
As an avid aviation enthusiast Jim retains a strong personal interest in aviation as a civilian pilot and flies, flight tests and displays a range of antique, warbird and experimental aircraft and helicopters in his spare time, including piloting his CAC Boomerang regularly in air shows and displays across South Australia, most recently with a flyover during 2018 ANZAC Day Remembrance Day celebrations.
Jim succeeds Hon Alexander Downer AC, our Patron of many years to whom we are very grateful – particularly for his facilitation of our acquisition of our Aermacchi MB-326H aircraft in 2004.
Jim will be welcomed aboard at our General Members’ Meeting on 16 June 2018.