“The History of Aerial Photography” History Group profiles available for download!

History Group member Gary Petts is writing a fascinating history of Aerial photography in 4 parts – from the earliest days of balloon observation through the wars to the present day.
Parts 1 & 2 (pre-history & WWI) were published in our last three newsletters, but we decided Part 3 (WWII) is too big for the newsletter so we have made it available on our website here: http://www.saam.org.au/…/aerial-photography-part-3-wwii/
Parts 1 & 2 are also available – just go to the ‘Pre WWII’ drop-down tab of the History Group page – http://www.saam.org.au/history/pre-world-war-ii/ to download.
We’ll let you know when Part 4 is ready!
Gary is well-qualified for the task, having served in the Army (RASvy), being trained as a topographical surveyor at the School of Military Survey, attending the RAAF School of Photography and serving with SAPOL’s Photographic Section.

October newsletter ready to download!!

This is a big pictorial issue – download it here or go to the newsletter tab to browse past issues.

This month President David Byrne reports on new displays; Sean Zhang sent a story and photos of his visit to the Alice Springs aircraft storage facility and museum; Ivan Leatherland updates us on Anson restoration progress; Chris Doudy contributed a 6-page photo-retrospective on the Aero 145 restoration, Nigel Daw reported on the Anson Crash Memorial unveiling at Loxton earlier this month; and Gary Petts continues his lavishly illustrated Aerial Photography history. You’re going to enjoy this one!!

September newsletter ready to download!

Just click here to download our big September issue, or go to the Newsletters tab to browse past issues.

This is a big issue – 26 pages of interesting reading.

You can read in our President’s report how SAAM has provided “housing” for lemurs at Monarto Zoo; sadly, we have obituaries for two long-term and valued members, John Trussell and Ken Work; there are our usual restoration updates; an article on the Battle of Britain by GPCAPT Greg Weller to mark its 80th anniversary this year; and part 2 of Gary Petts’ history of Aerial Photography.

Enjoy!

August Newsletter ready for download!

You can download our August newsletter here, or go to the Newsletters tab to browser past issues.

This month President David Byrne updates us on how we’re bouncing back from out COVID closure; Librarian Nigel Daw notes some new library acquisitions; and we have an obituary for member Peter “Shippy” Shipp who, sadly, left us on 15th July and a notice of another member, John Trussell, who died on 4th August and whose obituary will be in next month’s newsletter. History Group Chairman Peter Ingman puts out a call for rare model kits for an upcoming RAAF Centenary project to produce a SAAM display of models of SA based RAAF aircraft; there’s the usual restoration updates; some RAAF history and part 1 of Gary Potts’ History Group series on aerial photography.

Lots of good reading!!

Our July newsletter is now available for download!

You can download our July newsletter here or just go to the Newsletters tab to browse past issues.

This month our President David Byrne updates you on how the Museum is virtually back to normal while coping well with the COVID-19 safety procedures. Other content includes a book review of Mark Lax’s Taking the Lead (a new library acquisition); Nicky van der Drift’s Operation Manna about the 1945 humanitarian food airlift to the Netherlands; restoration updates about the Mirage, Aero 145, Fairey Battle and SAATAS engine test rig; a couple of interesting RAAF History articles from WGCDR Ian Gibson; and Mike Milln’s profile of Jimmy Mollison and Amy Johnson in the context of the Aero Club.

Enjoy!

 

June Newsletter ready for download!

Our June newsletter can be downloaded here.

This month our president David Byrne reports on SAAM’s reopening under COVID-19 protocols and the projects that have restarted. He also contributed an article on his participation in the 1978 recovery of Keith Anderson’s Westland Widgeon from the Tanami Desert, where it had lain since its forced landing in 1929. There are restoration updates and project reports; another “Langdon remembers…” episode in which Langdon describes his Sunderland trip to Lord Howe in 1962; and History Group chairman Peter Ingman contributes another article in his series about SA WWII RAAF bases, this time about RAAF Gawler.

To browse past issues, just go to the Newsletters tab on the home page.

 

John Roberts talks about the Bullimore rescue!

SAAM FB Grab – Tony Bullimore from South Australian Aviation Museum on Vimeo.

SAAM sponsor David Hales has filmed a number of 5 minute video  “grabs” of members talking about some of the projects going at at SAAM – or are presently in abeyance during our COVID-19 closure.

This one is of John Roberts explaining about our new maritime rescue display, which features Orion A9-756 and a diorama of HMAS Adelaide and the Tony Bullimore rescue in the Southern Ocean. John apologises for referring to HMAS Adelaide as “HMS” throughout, and blames a reversion to his English heritage under the pressure of filming!

You can also go to our Media Gallery tab on the home page to browse other videos.

May newsletter ready for download!

Our May newsletter is now ready for download. Just click HERE or go to the Newsletters tab on the home page to browse past issues.

This month President David Byrne gives an update on the COVID-19 situation in relation to SAAM; Langdon Badger contributes a story about von Richthofen’s funeral; we update you about projects our members are working on at home; there’s a history of TAA Bristol freighters in NG; RAAF History contributes a story about the fatal Orion crash in the Cocus Islds and Dean Robinson finishes the history of QEA flying boats in part 2 of his profile.

It’s a big issue!

Another History Group profile to download!

Peter Ingman, chairman of SAAM’s History Group, has written a number of profiles of the South Australian WWII Empire Air Training Scheme bases, including Port Pirie, Mt Gambier, Parafield, Mallala and now Gawler.

You can download his new profile of the History of RAAF Gawler 1941-1946 here.

Or just go to the History Group tab down arrow to World War II and browse the other profiles too.