New book release – South Pacific Air War Part 3 – Coral Sea & Aftermath

Peter Ingman, chairman of SAAM’s History Group and co-author with Michael Claringbold of their South Pacific Air War series, has just published Volume 3 of the series: “Coral Sea & Aftermath”. These comprehensive but immensely readable histories can be read alone or as part of a trilogy that spans the first six months of the Pacific War and culminates in the Battle of the Coral Sea,
It is available in SAAM’s shop and from www.avonmorebooks.com.au, or send $44.95 + $9.95 P&P to Avonmore Books, PO Box 217 Kent Town SA 5071.

 

September Newsletter is ready to download!

Another big edition this month! David Byrne updates the issues in his President’s Report, including the acquisition of a Schneider Baby IV glider; there are progress reports on the restorations in progress with a new report from Chris Doudy’s on the Aero 145; some great photos of F-111C A8-132 by RAAF photographer Ray Bennell with his story of how he took the featured photo; part 2 of SAAM’s history, which takes us through the expansion years 1991-2005 ending with our relocation to the present site; Langdon Badger contributes to the Epic Flight Centenary (!); and some snippets of interesting RAAF history from WGCDR Ian Gibson. Should be a great read!!

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August newsletter ready to download!

Our August newsletter is ready to download – just click on the front-page image, or go to the Newsletters tab to browse past issues.

This month President David Byrne tells about SAAM’s participation at the Minlaton celebrations of Harry Butler’s 1919 flight over the Gulf and gives a projects update; there are restoration updates on the Anson and Fairey Battle as usual; Beverley McWilliams tells how she came to write a Children’s book about Harry Butler soon to be launched at SAAM; we print a 1973 letter from Horrie Miller to his friend Ray Hannan that clears up some historical mysteries; a piece on our Caribou’s participation in the East Timor evacuation in 1975; the story of HMAS Adelaide’s and Edinburgh AP3-C’s part in the Bullimore rescue in 1997, and SAAM’s plans for an Air Sea Rescue display; and a History Group profile of airman John C. (Jack) Doudy. Read on and enjoy!

July Newsletter ready for download!

 

This month’s big news was the unveiling of our Epic Flight Centenary Vimy Mural, and there are stories too about the Harry Butler Centenary at Minlaton, a profile of his life and invitations to two book launches about him.

There are also lots of other interesting articles, so click on the front page image at left to download, or browse past issues under the Newsletters tab.

…And another Harry Butler Centenary Book Launch!

MidnightSun Publishing will launch “Born to Fly”, a children’s book about Harry Butler by Beverley McWilliams and delightfully illustrated by Timothy Ide, at SAAM on 31st August 2019 at 10:30am. Beverley and Timothy will be on hand to sign books, and light refreshments will be served. Please join us!

You can download the publisher’s advance information sheet by clicking on the image at left.

 

Harry Butler Centenary Book Launch at SAAM!

Wakefield Press will launch “The Red Devil, the story of South Australian Aviation Pioneer, Captain Harry Butler AFC” at SAAM on 17 August 2019 at 11am. The book is by Les Parsons & Dr Samantha Battams, who will be on hand to sign book copies. Complimentary wine and soft drinks will be served to book purchasers. Come and join us and meet the authors!

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May Newsletter ready for download!

Our May newsletter is ready for download – just click on the image at left, or go to the Newsletters tab to browse previous issues.

This Issue is a big one – 26 pages of news about SAAM’s activities, plus interesting stories on the 1954 REDeX Around Australia Aircraft Reliability Trial, RACSA’s 7-Victa formation flight over the Orsova in 1966 to farewell their retiring Chief Engineer, Sir Hubert Wilkins’ 1928 flight over the Arctic Sea, a gallery of photos from our 28th April Open Day – and lots more!

 

 

April newsletter ready for download!

Our big April issue is ready for download – just click on the image at left, or go to the Newsletters tab to browse past issues.

This month the President brings you up to date on SAAM’s big events, headlined by our Epic Flight Centenary Vimy Mural project sponsored by the RAAF Association SA Division; there’s other Epic Flight Centenary articles about the opening of the Vimy Memorial in April 1958 and a reminder about SAAM’s Epic Flight presentations during the History Festival next month; RAAF History contributes an interesting article about the hiccup 50 years ago with Australia’s P-3B deliveries; The Australian Air League Port Adelaide tell about their Avalon adventure; there’s a profile of 95-year old member Jimmy Pink who celebrated his birthday this week; and member Chris Doudy writes about his father’s restoration of Auster VH-SEB and his flight down from Singapore.