RIP PAUL DAW

We were devastated to lose Paul Daw, our long-serving member and collection manager, in the Rossair crash near Renmark on 30 May. We offer our sincere condolences to his wife Anne, daughters Emma and Rachel, Son Simon and brother Nigel; and to the loved ones of Stephen Guerin and Martin Scott, who also died in the crash.

Paul will leave a huge gap in our organisation and in our hearts. Vale Paul.

8-14 May 2017 is National Volunteer Week!

Volunteer Week is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contributions of our Nation’s Volunteers…

Did you know SAAM has NO paid staff? We are entirely dependent on the hard work, commitment and enthusiasm of our volunteers, and we are very proud of them.

Here’s a good example – a hard-working group in our library, busy on a major re-organisation of the collection that’s underway. Ian Jones is on the left, who is a photographer and works on the video section; then Rod Kopp, who has the thankless job of Membership Officer on the Committee; Jean Kopp, who as well as library work and countless chores around the museum also produces the newsletter; Nigel Daw, our Librarian who leads the library staff; and Vern Kendall, who can be found every week helping in the library. There are many others who help out too.

There are many, many more volunteers busy on a huge range of activities that make SAAM such a good place to visit – some of whom we will be featuring and thanking on our Facebook page this week.

 

Our new display hangar is COMPLETE!

The new hangar is now ready for occupancy! It has passed all inspections, we have painted the floor, installed a new concrete entrance ramp and extended the hardstand in front of it.

We have started the difficult task of installing aircraft exhibits in it, including the Caribou, Sea Venom, Canberra nose section and the Wessex helicopter.

We will be moving more aircraft and some exciting new acquisitions in over the coming weeks and months.

The project was carried out by Ahrens Construction and is 50% funded under the National Stronger Regions Fund.

Our F-111 Tours make a wonderful gift!!

F-111 Tour flyer - cropped for home pageSome lucky Dads were given Tour Gift Certificates for Fathers’ Day, but really any occasion will do!

This two hour tour is a great way to get up close and personal with the iconic F-111. One of our guides will take you on your individual tour of this great aircraft’s exterior and cockpit and explain its many features.

CLICK HERE for more information about the tour, how to purchase a Tour Gift Certificate and the booking procedure.

 

Next Engine Run Day

November 10th 2013 – Open Cockpit / Engine run Day

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The next major event at the Museum will be in November. Once a year the Museum opens
up the cockpits of a selection of our aircraft for the public to get up close and personal.
Come along for a fun family day out.

Sit in the cockpit of the F27, DC3 and many more
aircraft. Food and drink are available with a sausage sizzle, tea, coffee and soft drinks. Check
out our Events page for more details.

Anson Restoration

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Restoration work on Avro Anson EF954 has seen the elevators and ailerons with new fabric. The rudder has been paint stripped and is ready for finishing coats. After the installation of the metal cabin roof, the fuselage has been covered with new fabric and now with the skeletal airframe almost fully covered, the aircraft looks like an aeroplane of the past. New windscreens and cockpit side windows have been made and fitted. The starboard engine cowls have been paint stripped and fitted, albeit temporarily. The forward firing machine gun access panel has been overhauled and fitted.

The cabin area has seen some work done, but this is not now readily visible with the fuselage fabric in place. The mid upper turret space has been cleaned and painted and the bulkhead leading to this space has been completely overhauled. This bulkhead now has the crash axe, two engine starting handles and the two Type O compass mounts fitted. The radio operator’s seat has been overhauled and re-upholstered. The jettison mechanism for the cabin door is now operational. The two cabin fire extinguishers have had a good polish and although not serviceable, are mounted in the original factory brackets.

Wing root fairings for the starboard side have been overhauled and remanufactured as required, and with the engine cowls and fairings installed the aeroplane looks reasonably complete. With the cold winter weather putting a hold on fabric work, attention is now directed towards getting the port- side engine cowls and fuel tank covers up to the same standard as the starboard. To achieve this some old engine cowl bearers will be used as patterns for new bearers. Once these bearers are installed, the cowls will be fitted. The propellers are sporting new paint and some new main wheel tyres have been fitted.