June Newsletter ready to download!

Our June Newsletter is ready for download. Just click on the image at left, or go to the Newsletters tab on the Home Page to browse past issues.

There’s lots to read as usual – President David Byrne updates our activities including the F-111 exchange, F/A-18 disposals, the Port Dock Rail Project and our Vimy Mural unveiling; long-serving member Lionel Thiele is farewelled in “retirement”; restoration updates; a story on the “other Smith aviator” Charles Kingsford Smith after we’ve published so much recently on Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith; RAAF History stories on WWI ace Les Holden and Henri Hermene, a French orphan child who was brought back to Australia by a 4th Sqn AFC airman; AND part one of a History of SAAM from its establishment in 1984 until 1991.

Enjoy!

Props, Jets & Rotors Display & Competition!

Props, Jets and Rotors’ 18th Annual Aviation Scale Model Display & Competition will be on at SAAM on 10th-11th August 2019. Put it in your diaries and download the program by clicking on the image at left, or go to our Events page!

This popular event is staged at SAAM each year by the Allied & Axis Wings (Aviation Scale Modelling Special Interest Group), and it is an opportunity to view some exquisite scale models and talk to the modellers, plus enjoy the Museum.

F-111C A8-132 arrives at SAAM!

On Saturday 18 May 2019, ex-ARDU Edinburgh F-111C replaced RF-111C A8-134 at SAAM. A8-134 had been on display at SAAM since March 2013 but, as the only remaining F-111 in Australia having undergone operational deployment, it will be transported to Canberra for display in the Australian War Memorial.

RAAF Heritage instead arranged the refurbishment of A8-132, which with its rich history of ARDU weapons testing at RAAF Base Edinburgh, will fit very well in the Museum’s collection.

A8-132 arrived at SAAM on Thursday 16 May and was assembled by RAAF personnel. On Saturday 18 May A8-134 was towed out of SAAM’s display hangar and parked adjacent to A8-132 for a one-hour photo opportunity before A8-132 was positioned in the display hangar where it will remain on display. A8-134 was then dismantled for transport to the AWM.

SAAM is very grateful to RAAF Heritage for this classic win-win outcome and for the care and professionalism of the RAAF personnel who carried out such a flawless operation.

Many local photographers took advantage of the opportunity to photograph the activity, and we thank Daniel Turbin for the image of the two aircraft together used here.

The big F-111 exchange is on!!

SAAM’s present display of RF-111C A8-134 will come to an end during the week of 13th May 2019. That aircraft is being relocated to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra, as the only remaining RAAF F-111 that underwent operation deployment. It, with A8-143, operated INTERFET support overflights of East Timor in November 1999.
During the week of 13th May, A8-134, will be exchanged with A8-132, which is coming to us from ARDU at RAAF Base Edinburgh. We are very grateful to Air Force Heritage, Defence Disposals, RAAF WOE-Projects, RAAF Edinburgh and all involved in this fantastic project.
This will be a rare opportunity to photograph two F-111s  parked beside each other at SAAM, so for all you keen photographers, here’s the plan – subject to change/weather etc of course:
Thurs 16th May – 132 arrives approx. 10am and reassembly will start in a temporary fenced compound behind the Museum;
Sat 18th May about 11am – Reassembled 132 will be positioned just outside SAAM’s back fence and 134 moved next to it from display – this will be the only opportunity to photograph both aircraft together;
Mon 20th May – 134 disassembly starts while set up of 132 display in Hangar 1 continues;
Wed 22nd May – 134 prepared for road transport; and
Thu 23rd May – 134 loaded and departs….
All subject to change at short notice – watch our Facebook page for updates!!

SAAM statement on calls to relocate Vickers Vimy G-EAOU

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

Aero 145 VH-ZCL arrives at SAAM!

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.

Cessna CC-1 Replica restoration complete!

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/

SAAM GETS A NEW PATRON!

SAAM is delighted to announce that Co-founder and Chairman of Nova Systems, Jim Whalley has accepted the appointment of Patron of the South Australian Aviation Museum.

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.

BAe146 forward section arrives at SAAM!

Cobham Aviation Services kindly donated BAe146 forward section, comprising cockpit and three rows of seat, to SAAM and transported it to the Museum on 16 May 2018. Here is some video of the aircraft section arriving at the Museum.

WP_20180516_11_24_48_Pro from South Australian Aviation Museum on Vimeo.

The aircraft, in service as VH-NJL, was destined for scrap.

SAAM intends to refurbish it as an interactive display that visitors can sit in.