It has been a busy month for SAAM with two squadron dinners, the Orion official handover ceremony, our members’ Christmas party and more … all reported in this issue with copious photos… plus interesting RAAF History articles, part 1 of Robert Zweck’s Connair experiences and Nigel Daw’s profile of F.27s in Airlines of SA service. Just click http://www.saam.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/PM-Dec18.pdf to download, or go to the Newsletters tab to browse past issues.
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.
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every 20-30 minutes – or catch a historic train to
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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