Open Cockpits & Engine Run Day on Sunday 19th April 2020!

SAAM will open around 10 cockpits for visitors to sit in on our Open Day on Sunday 19th Apil 2020 – all for no additional charge except for the F-111 for which we do charge an extra $5. A great experience for adults and kids alike!

You can also learn about our historic aircraft engines and see (and hear!) some of them run throughout the day!

For more information and to download the action-packed program, just click here: http://www.saam.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/02/Open-Cockpit-Day-19Apr2020-Poster-2.pdf

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.

Jimmy Pink is SAAM’s 2019 Volunteer of the Year!

Jimmy Pink was recognised as SAAM’s 2019 Volunteer of the Year at our Christmas party on 7 December 2019.

Jimmy is very special – you can read about his wartime RAAF and postwar BOAC careers in our April newsletter here http://www.saam.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/PM-Apr19.pdf but since he joined us as a member aged 82 in 2006 he has worked tirelessly on reception duty and as one of our most popular tour guides.

His 95th Birthday Party was held in Hangar 1 on 13th April and a video made of it that you can view by clicking on the image of President David Byrne awarding him the Volunteer of the Year Shield.

Congratulations Jimmy!

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.

 

NEW! Order your Epic Flight Centenary Commemorative Medallion!

SAAM is the exclusive on-line distributor of these collectors’ medallions. They have been released by the Epic Flight Centenary Committee under the auspices of The History Trust of South Australia and in association with the Adelaide Mint to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the pioneering flight from England to Australia by South Australia’s Smith Brothers.

To read more about them and to place your pre-paid order for postage of a medallion to you within 10 days of your order, just click on the image at left or go to the Sales tab on our home page.

Epic Flight Centenary Vimy Mural unveilled!

Our Epic Flight Centenary life-sized Vimy mural, painted by SAAM member and artist Janice Eames over the last three months, was “unveiled” on Wednesday night 3rd July by Dr Robert Black AM RFD MD (Group Captain Rtd), president of the RAAF Association (SA Division) who sponsored the project. About 170 invited guests and members watched the illumination of the mural accompanied by an Illuminart Show by Cindi Drennan. The running of SAAM’s Rolls Royce Merlin engine added atmosphere to the event.

After the show, guests returned to the Museum for hot soup and refreshments and Dr Black and Greg Mackie, CE of the History Trust of SA and chairman of the Epic Flight Centenary Committee, spoke about the Epic Flight and celebrations of the event throughout the year.

Janice Eames then explained how she had achieved such a magnificent outcome assisted by SAAM member Stephen Nitschke, who had projected the image for Janice to outline and fabricated special paint rollers to aid painting on the corrugated surface.

SAAM is very proud of the result, and grateful to the RAAF Association (SA Divsn) for the sponsorship that made it possible.

…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.