June Newsletter now available!

 

There’s lots of good reading this month as usual – check out the President’s update, Nigel’s touching Eulogy for his brother Paul Daw, restoration updates, Dean Robinson’s part 2 of his DC6/DC6B story … and more! Just click on the front page image at left, or browse through past numbers at the “What’s New” tab above.

Another History Group Profile available for download!

 

We have loaded another of our History Group’s research profiles – this one on SAAM’s collection of 27 aviation trophies. The profile pictures each trophy and provides a description of its history: its donor, for what it was awarded and who won it. It’s probably not light reading but if you have an interest in a particular trophy, or just want to browse through them all, just click on the image of the Advertiser Cup at left. Or go to the History Group tab above and check out the mass of interesting stories there.

SAAM Library Expansion!

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of the best aviation historical research libraries around but it was busting at the seams with over 5,000 books plus historical document, photographs and videos.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!

 

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.

 

DHC-4 A4-225  Our Caribou is in its new home!

SAAM was very happy to have been selected by the Australian Military Sales Office as preferred applicant for DHC-4 Caribou A4-225. This is one of five Caribous that were parked at Oakley Army Aviation Centre, and were subject to a recent disposal tender to Australian Historical Aviation Organisations.

The aircraft was disassembled for transport to the Museum and stored until it could be installed in our new display hangar. It is now inside with the engines and horizontal tail surfaces re-installed, and will be displayed with the starboard wing left in storage so that the aircraft can be positioned close to the hangar wall to conserve badly needed space. The port wing, vertical tail surfaces and propellers will be progressively re-installed.

A4-225 was delivered to the RAAF in June 1965, one of 29 Caribous ordered between 1963 and 1971. It gave 44 years of service  before being retired in 2009. It served with 38 Sqn Detachment A in PNG, where it was used to qualify crews in difficult tropical and terrain conditions before their deployment to Vietnam. It also served in natural disaster relief work – for example, relief operations in Townsville after Cyclone Althea in 1971.

More Photos HERE.