NEW! Order your Epic Flight Centenary Commemorative Medallion!

SAAM is the exclusive on-line distributor of these collectors’ medallions. They have been released by the Epic Flight Centenary Committee under the auspices of The History Trust of South Australia and in association with the Adelaide Mint to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the pioneering flight from England to Australia by South Australia’s Smith Brothers.

To read more about them and to place your pre-paid order for postage of a medallion to you after 31st October, just click on the image at left or go to the Sales tab on our home page.

August newsletter ready to download!

Our August newsletter is ready to download – just click on the front-page image, or go to the Newsletters tab to browse past issues.

This month President David Byrne tells about SAAM’s participation at the Minlaton celebrations of Harry Butler’s 1919 flight over the Gulf and gives a projects update; there are restoration updates on the Anson and Fairey Battle as usual; Beverley McWilliams tells how she came to write a Children’s book about Harry Butler soon to be launched at SAAM; we print a 1973 letter from Horrie Miller to his friend Ray Hannan that clears up some historical mysteries; a piece on our Caribou’s participation in the East Timor evacuation in 1975; the story of HMAS Adelaide’s and Edinburgh AP3-C’s part in the Bullimore rescue in 1997, and SAAM’s plans for an Air Sea Rescue display; and a History Group profile of airman John C. (Jack) Doudy. Read on and enjoy!

Epic Flight Centenary Vimy Mural unveilled!

Our Epic Flight Centenary life-sized Vimy mural, painted by SAAM member and artist Janice Eames over the last three months, was “unveiled” on Wednesday night 3rd July by Dr Robert Black AM RFD MD (Group Captain Rtd), president of the RAAF Association (SA Division) who sponsored the project. About 170 invited guests and members watched the illumination of the mural accompanied by an Illuminart Show by Cindi Drennan. The running of SAAM’s Rolls Royce Merlin engine added atmosphere to the event.

After the show, guests returned to the Museum for hot soup and refreshments and Dr Black and Greg Mackie, CE of the History Trust of SA and chairman of the Epic Flight Centenary Committee, spoke about the Epic Flight and celebrations of the event throughout the year.

Janice Eames then explained how she had achieved such a magnificent outcome assisted by SAAM member Stephen Nitschke, who had projected the image for Janice to outline and fabricated special paint rollers to aid painting on the corrugated surface.

SAAM is very proud of the result, and grateful to the RAAF Association (SA Divsn) for the sponsorship that made it possible.

Book Release!

Congratulations to SAAM’s History Group Chairman, Peter Ingman, on the release of his first book for British publisher Osprey titled Spitfire VC vs A6M2/3 Zero-sen Darwin 1943.

The book features photos of the Badger family’s Spitfire VC A58-146 UP-O on display at SAAM.

Books can be purchased via Avonmore Books website at https://avonmorebooks.com.au/

…And another Harry Butler Centenary Book Launch!

MidnightSun Publishing will launch “Born to Fly”, a children’s book about Harry Butler by Beverley McWilliams and delightfully illustrated by Timothy Ide, at SAAM on 31st August 2019 at 10:30am. Beverley and Timothy will be on hand to sign books, and light refreshments will be served. Please join us!

You can download the publisher’s advance information sheet by clicking on the image at left.

 

Harry Butler Centenary Book Launch at SAAM!

Wakefield Press will launch “The Red Devil, the story of South Australian Aviation Pioneer, Captain Harry Butler AFC” at SAAM on 17 August 2019 at 11am. The book is by Les Parsons & Dr Samantha Battams, who will be on hand to sign book copies. Complimentary wine and soft drinks will be served to book purchasers. Come and join us and meet the authors!

To download the program, click on the image at left.

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!!