NEW! Profile of SQNLDR David Leicester DFC and Bar OAM available for download

Mike Milln of the Museum’s History Group has produced a profile of SQNLDR David Leicester DFC & Bar OAM. This extraordinary man, still alive and well with his wife in Adelaide, completed a tour of 30 Ops over Germany and France with 158 and 640 Sqns RAF, then volunteered for a 31st when squadrons were called on to make ‘maximum effort’ to field aircraft for the infamous Nuremberg raid in March 1944.

During that time he was promoted from Flight Sergeant to Squadron Leader to become the youngest squadron leader and Flight Commander of all the allied air forces.

He didn’t stop there, as he could have done. He volunteered for the 8 Group Pathfinder Force and completed an incredible further 37 missions with 35 Sqn. This really is an amazing story. You can download his story by clicking on the image at left.

New! Wing Tips – The story of the Royal Aero Club of South Australia – Book 2: 1941-1946

SAAM History Group member Mike Milln has just published Book 2 of his Royal Aero Club of South Australia history. (Book 1, covering the 1926-1941 period, was published in 2011.)
Book 2 covers the 40 postwar years until the Club’s failure. This is a warts-and-all story that is sad in some parts and funny in others. But it’s much more than just an aero club history – it also describes the context within which the club operated – the national aero clubs movement and the changing postwar aviation policy and regulatory environments that spelled its downfall. It is a must read for anybody connected with the club and/or interested in the part the aero club movement played in Australia’s aviation development.
You can buy the book at SAAM, at Dymocks and Adelaide Booksellers in Adelaide’s Rundle Mall, and/or on-line at:
www.mikemillnbooks.com
www.avonmorebooks.com.au
Price $45
B5 softcover
465 pages
192 images – 33 in colour
Full index, bibliography & 9 appendices.

March Newsletter ready for download!

You can download the March newsletter by clicking on the front page image at left. This month Chas Schaedel has profiled WWI aviators the McCloughry/McClaughry brothers, Langdon Badger tells of his exploits up in the islands, the Anson receives its first bit of test top-coat, Reg Marratt profiles another of the “Battlers” working on the Fairey Battle restoration, president David Byrne brings you up to date on the Orion and our immediate strategic priorities… and more…

What to do and see at SAAM!

Here’s a snapshot of all the things you can do and see at the South Australian Aviation Museum – and every day too! Well, almost every day – the only day we close is Christmas Day.

Come and see for yourself!

Click on the poster at left for link to full size.

Another milestone reached in SAAM’s re-assembly of AP-3C Orion A9-756!

On 24 February 2018 the port wing of SAAM’s AP-3C Orion was lifted onto a trestle lent for the purpose by Airbus Edinburgh and re-attached to the fuselage by SAAM volunteers. Our thanks to Airbus  for their ongoing generous support and for the vital trestle, and to Nick’s Cranes who performed the flawless lift in very confined circumstances.

Next tasks will be to reinstall the engines, propellers and main landing gear.

New Cockpit Experience Tour Program!

 

 

We have just introduced a new tour program – for $30 you can choose between our F-27 Friendship, C-47 Dakota, Macchi Jet Trainer or DHC-4 Caribou to spend 30 minutes in the cockpit with an experienced guide. – or $50 for a couple in the same aircraft… Just click on the poster to go to our tours page for the details!

If you want a full-on experience on the F-111 you can book a 2-hour one-on-one tour in our popular F-111 program too – details for purchasing and booking are here: http://www.saam.org.au/tours/

New Profile on-line: “South Australian Brothers-in-Arms: Wilfred & Edgar McCloughry”

Chas Schaedel has written a new profile of the South Australian McCloughry brothers-in-arms, Wilfred and Edgar, who served together with No 4 AFC in France, were highly decorated and went on to achieve high rank in the postwar RAF. Chas has said “When the question is asked ‘name two South Australian brothers who played a significant part in aviation history around the period of the Great War’ the answer is usually Ross and Keith Smith and rightly so. But there are other SA-born siblings who achieved distinction during and after the conflict, such as the McCloughry brothers…” Hopefully this profile will become one of a series and Chas will produce more fascinating histories of SA brothers-in-arms in the Great War.

This one is ready for download under the History Group tab, or just click on the photo of Wilfred MccLoughry at left!

Chas was also largely responsible for writing the History Group’s ANZAC Centenary project book “South Australian Airmen of the Great War”. That is also on our website or, of you like a book in your hands, you can pick one up at the Museum for $10. If you can claim one of the airmen listed as a relative we will give you a book for free!

Our January newsletter is ready for download!

Our first newsletter of the New Year is ready to download – just click on the image or go to the Newsletters tab.

The President provides an update on where we are with the new hangar fit-out and the Orion reassembly, there are a couple of interesting stories about maritime searches Edinburgh-based Orions have participated in, a profile on Vickers Viscounts in Australian service and the usual restoration updates. Read on!

AP-3C Orion A9-756 positioned for reassembly!

Stephen Nitschke and Waynne Lee accomplished a big step in the assembly of AP-3C Orion A9-756 last night – simply by moving the 12 tonne fuselage from the centre of our new display hangar to be adjacent to the south wall. This created the space to attach the port wing.
It was no simple job though – Stephen designed and built a system of blocks and cables attached to the hangar wall columns so that the 3 trestles could be winched simultaneously under equal tension from a single point. This was vital to prevent twisting of the trestles or stress on the fuselage. This video shows how it was done.

The next task will be to attach the port wing. We will make further posts to update progress.

IMG_3464 from South Australian Aviation Museum on Vimeo.