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There’s lots of good reading as usual: the President’s update tells you where we’re at with our various issues, there’s an obituary of our sadly departed member Alan Killmier OAM, the usual restoration updates, what’s happening with the Orion acquisition, Langdon talks about rifle buckets (!), an interesting Caribou crash story and Peter Ingman’s opus on the RAAF at Mt Gambier in WWII.
Sit back, put your feet up and enjoy a good read!
We had three series of engine runs at our open day yesterday (29th Oct). Here are Walter Hill and Barry Williams running our 1,030hp Rolls Royce Merlin III which came out of a Fairey Battle. If you hit the Facebook icon on the side-bar, we’ve poster another video of the Armstrong Syddeley Cheetah IX in full voice. Sound up!
Alan contributed hugely to the Museum. He joined in 1998 and served on its Executive Committee from 2001 to 2008, including for five years as our Secretary. He founded our library soon after joining, with the gift of several hundred of his own books, and he founded the Museum’s History Group in 2005. He established a filing system in the library for historically significant documentation, and constantly added to it through his life-long fascination with aviation history and research. He was made a Life Member in 2015.
Alan’s aviation interests were much wider than just our Museum though. He was a founding member and was elected as Secretary of the Soaring Club of SA in 1943, when he was undergoing flight training with the RAAF. He established a distance gliding record with Harry Schneider in 1968. He served as Secretary of the Royal Aero Club of SA from 1949 until 1976. He received the Royal Aero Club Federation of Australia’s Federation Award in 1971 for his services to the aero club movement, and the Helmut Appitz Memorial Medal in 1973 for his services to the Adelaide Soaring Club. He was a long-term member of the RAAF Association and was presented with a Distinguished Service Award in 2013 for his services to the Mitcham Branch.
Unsurprisingly, given this life-long dedication to aviation and volunteerism, he was awarded an OAM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours last year.
Vale Alan – we are going to miss you.
SAAM’s Caribou team re-attached A4-225’s port wing on 5th August. This completes the reassembly of the aircraft, other than the starboard wing, which, to save display space, is displayed behind the aircraft on the new display hangar’s east wall
Nigel Daw has written a brief history of the DC-3 in operation with Airlines of South Australia from 1960 to 1971, including some interesting personal anecdotes; and Jim Rogers researched the development of the Bell OH-58A 206B Kiowa and JetRanger as background to SAAM’s acquisition of Kiowa A17-010 at the end of August – with thanks to Defence Disposals!
You can download these interesting profiles under the History Group Tab above, or just click on these images…
SAAM has one of the best aviation historical research libraries around but it was busting at the seams with over 5,000 books plus historical document, photographs and videos. Librarian Nigel Daw has undertaken a comprehensive reorganisation of the library, including the installation of a new 9-bay compactus, which has added over 70 metres of additional shelf space and provided lockable storage for our more valuable items. This is Nigel in front of the new facility. If you have any aviation related non-fiction that’s surplus to requirements, consider donating it to us!