South Australian Eagles, by Greg Weller

Now available for download on SAAM’s website here. And you can read more about it as follows:

For over a century, South Australians have served our nation’s Air Force creating a remarkable legacy of service. Produced for the Royal Australian Air Force Centenary in 2021, this publication profiles thirty such South Australians. Some are decorated pilots. A few rose to the highest echelons of Air Force leadership, while others served on the ground in support roles. Some returned to South Australia serving the community in fields such as sport, indigenous reconciliation and the arts. Tragically, many did not return paying the ultimate sacrifice for their nation. 

Written by Greg Weller, the aim of the not-for-profit booklet is to inspire our community to learn more about the proud and enduring legacy of South Australians in the Air Force over the last 100 years.

A limited number of hardcopies of the book have been produced and will be available at some Air Force Centenary events in South Australia during 2021.  The South Australian Aviation Museum has been provided a limited number of hardcopies booklets available for purchase at a nominal charge.  There are also a limited number of hardcopies available for purchase from the Air Force Association (South Australia) -Just email Annette on raafaad@internode.on.net  

Meanwhile, the booklet is freely available for download from the South Australian Aviation Museum Website and the Air Force Association (South Australia) Website: https://raafasa.org.au/

 The book is also available as a flipbook to be read on your device or as a pdf download for free at:  https://raafa.org.au/saeagles/

Another video available for download!

You can download some interesting footage of Royal Aero Club of South Australia Victa Airtourers being flown by Mike and Sandy Robinson, Dean Bennet and Chris Sperou on 29th September 1970. The aircraft are VH-BWB, – BWF, -BWG and -BWT. Unfortunately the soundtrack has been lost but we identified the participants and member Ian Jones has titled the video.

You can download the video here

New History Group Profile Ready for Download!

We have added the profile for LT Alan D’Arcy Sutherland.  Find it here, or go to the History Group Tab, where you will find it under ‘Biographies’ and ‘Pre WWII.’  Alan Sutherland was one of 12 South Australian airmen who died serving in the AFC or RFC in the Great War, that were omitted from the South Australian State War Memorial.

100 years after  Alan Sutherland’s death, research by SAAM History Group Chairman Peter Ingman and former member, the late Chas Schaedel, and much lobbying by SAAM and the Air Force Association (SA), led to the adding of the names of the 12 airmen to the War Memorial. Family descendants of Alan Sutherland were present at the ceremony which took place on Sunday, 18 November, 2018.

In the image above, Alan Sutherland (left) is shown alongside renowned fellow South Australian aviator, Harry Butler, who was also from Minlaton, SA.

The names of all missing airmen can be found here.

Wings on Wednesday for the Aero 145!

A group of SAAM volunteers led by project leader Chris Doudy attached the wings to Aero 145 VH-ZCL in Hangar 1 today, 3rd February 2021.
ZCL flew as VH-WWC with Chris’s father’s Commodore Airlines on tuna spotting and lighthouse supply out of Port Lincoln in the 60s/70s, and it was a labour of love for Chris to lead the restoration/reassembly of the aircraft after its donation to SAAM in by the Charlie Zulu Lima Trust in 2018. SAAM volunteers recovered the disassembled aircraft from Pallamana on 1st September 2018. Well done Chris and all the volunteers who participated!
The restoration is now substantially complete with only minor works remaining, and can be viewed in Hangar 1 beneath the Dakota’s starboard wing.