…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.

June Newsletter ready to download!

Our June Newsletter is ready for download. Just click on the image at left, or go to the Newsletters tab on the Home Page to browse past issues.

There’s lots to read as usual – President David Byrne updates our activities including the F-111 exchange, F/A-18 disposals, the Port Dock Rail Project and our Vimy Mural unveiling; long-serving member Lionel Thiele is farewelled in “retirement”; restoration updates; a story on the “other Smith aviator” Charles Kingsford Smith after we’ve published so much recently on Sir Ross and Sir Keith Smith; RAAF History stories on WWI ace Les Holden and Henri Hermene, a French orphan child who was brought back to Australia by a 4th Sqn AFC airman; AND part one of a History of SAAM from its establishment in 1984 until 1991.

Enjoy!

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.