History Month 2021

For History Month 2021 SAAM held weekly talks on various RAAF aircraft at the museum. This went alongside the RAAF Centenary and four speakers over four weeks gave fantastic talks about aircraft which included:

  • Fairey Battle
  • Spitfire
  • Macchi Trainer
  • P-3C Orion

These talks were all recorded as podcasts and you can listen to them by going to the podcast page and selecting from a playlist the track you wish to hear. It’s that simple!

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