Kiowa A17-010 lands at SAAM…

Kiowa A17/010 was loaded at Damascus Barracks on Friday and arrived safely at SAAM this afternoon (28 August).

SAAM volunteers unloaded the aircraft including tailboom, rotors and a case of parts, and it is now placed adjacent to Caribou A4-225 in our new display hangar.

Next – reassembly and restoration!














Kiowa A17-010 on its way to SAAM!

Kiowa A17-010, courtesy of Defence Disposal’s excellent program to give museums opportunity to acquire and preserve defence heritage to display for present and future generations, was loaded at Damascus Barracks Brisbane today. As well as the fuselage, the main rotors and tail boom and various other parts are on the truck.

All going well, it will be available for viewing in its present dismantled state at our Official Opening on 30th August – see here for the program:

We then have the job ahead of us to re-assemble the aircraft using the parts supplied, supplemented with other necessary parts we are sourcing from the Bell JetRanger shell we recently acquired and possibly from other museums in the network that received other Kiowa airframes.

A17-010 will be a great addition to our collection.

SAAM’s History Group has added two new “Significant Aircraft” profiles – now available for download…

Nigel Daw has written a brief history of the DC-3 in operation with Airlines of South Australia from 1960 to 1971, including some interesting personal anecdotes; and Jim Rogers researched the development of the Bell OH-58A 206B Kiowa and JetRanger as background to SAAM’s acquisition of Kiowa A17-010 at the end of August – with thanks to Defence Disposals!

You can download these interesting profiles under the History Group Tab above, or just click on these images…

SAAM to acquire Bell 206B-1 Kiowa A17-010…

Well, it’s official – Defence Disposals has awarded SAAM Kiowa A17-010 after a disposal tender process. The aircraft is presently at Damascus Barracks, Brisbane, and SAAM volunteers will collect it and arrange transport back to SAAM at the end of August.

The aircraft is not complete, but A17-010 is more complete than many of the disposals and we are confident that with a bit of parts foraging we will be able to present a complete display before too long. We plan to include the aircraft with Caribou A4-225 and Canberra WD954 nose section in a new Vietnam War exhibition. We’ll keep you posted on timing.

SAAM member Nigel Daw took the photos – 1/Holdsworthy 8/1/1972, 2/Oakey 6/8/1980 and 3/ Avalon 12/3/2009

Props, Jets & Rotors 16th Annual Aviation Scale Model Display and Competition …

SAAM is very pleased to be hosting the 16th Annual Props, Jets & Rotors Scale Model Display & Competition in the Museum on 12th-13th August 2017.

Come along and see a huge range of models produced by dedicated craftsmen – and women –  who really know what they are doing! You may pick up some hints for your own efforts …

Full details under the “Events” tab or just click on the poster