February 2020 Newsletter ready for download!

Our February newsletter is ready for download here http://www.saam.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/PM-Feb20.pdf, or just go to the Newsletters tab above to browse past issues.

This month’s edition includes President David Byrne’s update of our coming events and activities, the usual project updates, some interesting RAAF History articles on SQNLDR Lawrence Wackett’s RAAF Experimental Station and No 1 SQN’s aerial photo-mapping in Palestine a hundred years ago, Member Jim Roger’s explanation of why aeroplanes fly and Mike Milln’s profile of the 1966 National Air Show in Adelaide.

Sit back and have a good read!

Another History Group Profile available for download!

“The 1966 National Air Show and RACSA’s part in it” is ready for download here: http://www.saam.org.au/download/1966-national-air-show-and-racsas-part-in-it/

History Group member Mike Milln has adapted chapter 29 of his book “Wing Tips – The story of the Royal Aero Club of South Australia – Book 2: 1941-1986” as another Significant Aviation Events profile.

It tells the story of the 1966 National Air Show at Parafield and Edinburgh, and RACSA’s part in its planning and execution.

Another History Group Profile to download!

“The development of Adelaide West Beach Airport” is ready for download here: http://www.saam.org.au/history/post-world-war-ii/

Mike Milln has adapted Chapter 11 of his book “Wing Tips – The story of the Royal Aero Club of South Australia – Book 2 1941-1986”, which details the circumstances that led to the need for a second airport in Adelaide, the selection of the site and all the drama of its lengthy construction timetable.

January 2020 Newsletter ready for download!

Our New Year’s editions is ready for download here: http://www.saam.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/PM-Jan20.pdf

Read the President’s New Year’s report; Tours Manager John Jefferson’s analysis of SAAM visitor origins; restoration updates from the Anson and Mirage crews; an article by VP Mike Milln on Keith Virtue and his ferry of Aero 145 VH-DUH, sister ship of VH-ZCL under restoration at SAAM, from Czechoslovakia to Australia; and History Group Chairman Peter Ingman’s fine profile of No 6 SFTS Mallala.

Our December newsletter is ready for download!

There is a big Christmas edition ready for download!  Just click on the image at left, or go to the Newsletters tab to browse past issues.

In this edition the President writes about the events of the past year and our priorities for next year; we share a couple of pages of photos of our Christmas party on 7th Dec; there are Anson and Mirage restoration updates; Chris Doudy tells us about his trip to the Mid North Christian College’s grad ceremony and their Aero 45 restoration progress; Mike Milln muses on the birth of the Vickers Vimy and its descendants, and contributes a profile on the development of Adelaide Airport; Langdon Badger reminisces about Spitfire wreck recoveries; and there are a couple of interesting RAAF History snippets.

Have a good read – and Merry Christmas from all of us at the South Australian Aviation Museum!

November newsletter ready for download!

Our November newsletter is ready for download – just click on the front-page image at left, or go to the Newsletters tab to browse issues.

This month has been dominated by the Epic Flight Centenary events and SAAM’s role in them. There are stories about those, plus Anson and Fairey Battle restoration updates; some local history about the Dardanelles Memorial off South Terrace, an in-depth examination of the planning and execution of the Vintage Aircraft Flypast on 20th October; a RAAF History contribution about Richard Williams, Ross Smith’s CO in Palestine; an interesting piece on the influence of the French on aviation vocabulary; and Ivan Leatherland’s profile of WWII bomb-aimer FLTLT Dave Kenny. We end up with a page of photos of some of the recent action!

Sit back and enjoy a good read…

October Newsletter ready for download!

Our October newsletter is now ready for download. Just click on the front-page image at left, or go to the Newsletters tab to browse past issues.

This month the President updates us about the Museum’s activities, Marion Flak gives a detailed rundown of his progress in restoring the SAATAS engine test rig, Langdon Badger remembers the 1964 Brisbane-Adelaide Air Race, Mike Milln pays tribute to Harry Schneider and Alan Killmier in a story about the Museum’s acquisition of gliders, the History Group contributes a profile of Harry Schneider, and we give notice of the Annual General Meeting on 16 November and provide the necessary Committee nomination forms.

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.