EFC2019 releases its Year in Review Report

Greg Mackie OAM, Chief Executive Officer of the History Trust of South Australia and Chairman of EFC2019 – the Epic Flight Centenary Committee, has released the Committee’s report Epic Flight Centenary 1919-2019 – Year in Review. It records the achievements throughout the year in celebrating the Centenary of the Epic Flight of  Vickers Vimy G-EAOU in the 1919 air race. You can download the report here

The South Australian Aviation Museum is proud of its contribution to the celebrations, including the service of our President, David Byrne, on the Epic Flight Committee and:

  • the four 1919 Air Race Lectures given during the May History Festival;
  • the launch of our Vickers Vimy Mural in July;
  • the contribution of volunteer monitors at the Adelaide Airport Vickers Vimy Open Day in October; and
  • the contribution of artefacts from the Museum’s collection to the State Library of South Australia’s Heroes of the Skies exhibition in November.

In addition, representatives of the Museum attended and supported many of the other events throughout the year.

Videos of the four History Festival lectures and the launch of the Vickers Vimy light show may be viewed on our Media Gallery page here.

March Newsletter ready for download!

Our big edition March Newsletter is ready for download. Just click here or go to the Newsletters tab to browse previous issues.

In this 25 page edition President David Byrne gives a glimpse of the new Collection Guide cover and explains the COVID-19 situation in relation to the Museum’s temporary closure; and there are the usual restoration updates, reports on the Mid North Christian College visit and Air League ISS radio hook-up, Graham Dicker’s Marsh AFB Museum visit, a couple of Chipmunk stories from long-term donor Trevor Shepherd and Nigel Daw’s profile of SAAM member Jimmy Pink’s long aviation career.

Should be a great read!

SAAM to close until further notice from Friday 20 March 2020

We very much regret having to announce that the Museum will be closed to visitors from Friday 20 March 2020 due to the escalating COVID-19 situation.

We will be open as usual on Thursday 19 March.

We will re-open as soon as we are advised it is safe to do so, so please monitor this website or our Facebook page here for our current status before your next visit.

We are very sorry to have to inconvenience our visitors. but in the meantime there is lots of information about the Museum and our collection on our website, so please during this period have a browse and stay in touch!!

Sorry!! Our Open Cockpits & Engine Run Day POSTPONED

We are very disappointed to announce the postponement of our Open Cockpits and Engine Run Day on Sunday 19th April 2020 due to the Corona/COVID-19 virus situation.
We will re-schedule and advise a new date when the situation allows.

In the meantime we are welcoming visitors as normal but urge you to take all precautions to protect your health and that of other visitors and our volunteers. The Health SA website here contains much useful information and additionally, we would ask you to be prepared to pay for your entry through card pay-wave to avoid the handling of cash.

Three new History Group Profiles ready for download!

History Group member Nigel Daw has been busy – he has researched and written three new profiles that are now ready to download.

– A profile of SAAM member and ex RAF/BOAC pilot Jimmy Pink is under the WWII tab here: https://www.saam.org.au/download/jimmy-pink/;

– The history of Harry Butler’s 1919 flight to Minlaton and subsequent re-enactments here: http://www.saam.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/SAAM-Profiles-Re-enactment-flights-to-Minlaton-2.pdf

– and the history of Graham Carey’s 1917 flight to Gawler and its subsequent re-enactments here: http://www.saam.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/SAAM-Profiles-Re-enactment-flights-to-Gawler.pdf

Another History Group Profile available for download!

“The 1966 National Air Show and RACSA’s part in it” is ready for download here: http://www.saam.org.au/download/1966-national-air-show-and-racsas-part-in-it/

History Group member Mike Milln has adapted chapter 29 of his book “Wing Tips – The story of the Royal Aero Club of South Australia – Book 2: 1941-1986” as another Significant Aviation Events profile.

It tells the story of the 1966 National Air Show at Parafield and Edinburgh, and RACSA’s part in its planning and execution.

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.

Jimmy Pink is SAAM’s 2019 Volunteer of the Year!

Jimmy Pink was recognised as SAAM’s 2019 Volunteer of the Year at our Christmas party on 7 December 2019.

Jimmy is very special – you can read about his wartime RAAF and postwar BOAC careers in our April newsletter here http://www.saam.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/PM-Apr19.pdf but since he joined us as a member aged 82 in 2006 he has worked tirelessly on reception duty and as one of our most popular tour guides.

His 95th Birthday Party was held in Hangar 1 on 13th April and a video made of it that you can view by clicking on the image of President David Byrne awarding him the Volunteer of the Year Shield.

Congratulations Jimmy!

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.