The President provides an update on where we are with the new hangar fit-out and the Orion reassembly, there are a couple of interesting stories about maritime searches Edinburgh-based Orions have participated in, a profile on Vickers Viscounts in Australian service and the usual restoration updates. Read on!
History Group member Dean Robinson has written another Significant Aircraft Profile, which is now available for download. In this profile Dean tells the fascinating story of the Vickers Viscount in Australian service, and he has illustrated it with some great photos.
Just click on the image or go the History Group tab. Enjoy!
Our Christmas newsletter is ready for downloading – just click on the front-page image, or go to the Newsletters tab. It’s a bigger file than usual, so please be patient if it’s a little slow downloading.
There’s Orion and Christmas Party news from the President; an obituary for Cdr David “Shorty” Hamilton RN, our Honorary Member and generous donor who sadly left us last month; an article on the aviation trophies in SAAM’s collection; and lots of other interesting stories.
Nigel Daw of our History Group has followed his previous profile of Airlines of SA’s DC-3 operations with a new one about the Convair 440 operations 1960-72. The story includes his personal recollections of flights on the aircraft and photographs from his collection.
To download the profile just click on the image or got to the History Group tab on the Home Page and browse the many interesting profiles posted there.
SAAM’s History Group Chairman, Peter Ingman’s profile of the RAAF at Mt Gambier 1937-1947 is available for download – just click on the image below. Peter tells the story of the RAAF’s early interest in Mt Gambier Airport immediately pre-WWII leading to its development as 2AOS – No. 2 Air Observers School – under the Empire Air Training Scheme. This is the second in a series of profiles Peter is writing about South Australia’s contribution to the EATS. He has also written the history of 2BAGS – No. 2 Bombing & Gunnery School – in Port Pirie, which is also under the History Group tab/World War II. Have a browse – there’s lots of good reading there!
There’s lots of good reading this month as usual – check out the President’s update, Nigel’s touching Eulogy for his brother Paul Daw, restoration updates, Dean Robinson’s part 2 of his DC6/DC6B story … and more! Just click on the front page image at left, or browse through past numbers at the “What’s New” tab above.
We have loaded another of our History Group’s research profiles – this one on SAAM’s collection of 27 aviation trophies. The profile pictures each trophy and provides a description of its history: its donor, for what it was awarded and who won it. It’s probably not light reading but if you have an interest in a particular trophy, or just want to browse through them all, just click on the image of the Advertiser Cup at left. Or go to the History Group tab above and check out the mass of interesting stories there.
South Australian Airmen of the Great War
(now available online!)
SAAM’s History Group produced this book with historian Chas Schaedel as an ANZAC Centenary project under the Australian Government’s Anzac Centenary Local Grants Program through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
The book is now available on our website HERE. It is illustrated with a large number of photographs from Chas Schaedel’s collection, and identifies and details the service of over three hundred South Australians who served as airmen during the Great War.
Free copies of the book are available at the Museum for relatives of the airmen listed. Other visitors may purchase a copy in the Museum shop for $10 while stocks last, or you can order online from the publisher at www.avonmorebooks.com.