SAAM has one of the best aviation history research libraries around, and our librarian, Nigel Daw tells you asll about it in this short video filmed during our COVID shutdown by SAAM sponsor David Hales of Optical Design.
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.
Ex-RAAF SAAM member Steve Nelson clocked up many hours flying the DHC-4 Caribou and he talks about the aircraft in this short video filmed during our COVID lockdown. Steve is seated in SAAM’s Caribou A4-225 on display in Hangar 2. The aircraft is open to visitors so you can watch the video then climb aboard the aircraft next time you visit!
SAAM is now almost back to the new normal and the parking lot is filling up at last… but there’s loads of free parking!
There is effectively no limit on the number of visitors we can accommodate under the Stage 3 COVID requirements, so plan a day in the Port and be sure to visit us.
Here’s where we are at:
- Reception space limits us to welcoming 12 visitors at a time,
- We ask for cashless entry payment,
- We have hand sanitiser stations at reception and throughout both display hangars,
- We have fine-tuned our cleaning protocols to ensure all touch surfaces are regularly sanitised,
- The vast spaces of the display hangars make social distancing easy,
- The shop has been re-stocked with model kits for all ages, toys and books, and
- The C-47, Caribou and Orion are open to visitors with more to open soon.
AND note – until we are completely back to normal with all exhibits accessible we will maintain our discounted pricing! (See the home page side-bar for entry times and prices)
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.
This short video was filmed by Huni Melissa Bolliger for the NT Dept of Tourism, Sports and Culture and the NT Major Events Company in December 2018 at SAAM. It tells the story of FLTSGT Colin Duncan’s bail-out of his on-fire Spitfire A58-2 during an attack on Darwin on 30 June 1943.
Ms Bolliger filmed actor pilot Bill Allert in the Badger family’s Mk Vc Spitfire UP-O EE853 (A58-146) on display at SAAM. You can play the video from the image below, or go to our Media Gallery page to view other videos here.
You can also download Langdon Badger’s story of the recovery and restoration of UP-O here.
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.
QEA EMPIRE FLYING BOATS
History Group member Dean Robinson has researched the history of the golden years of Qantas Empire Airways S.23 “C” Class flying boats and the shared route between England and Australia with Imperial Airways, from their implementation just before WWII until 1947 when the last one was scrapped.
This new profile now available for download here.
The profile is in two parts: the pre-war start-up years, and the the war and immediate post war period.
Greg Mackie OAM, Chief Executive Officer of the History Trust of South Australia and Chairman of EFC2019 – the Epic Flight Centenary Committee, has released the Committee’s report Epic Flight Centenary 1919-2019 – Year in Review. It records the achievements throughout the year in celebrating the Centenary of the Epic Flight of Vickers Vimy G-EAOU in the 1919 air race. You can download the report here
The South Australian Aviation Museum is proud of its contribution to the celebrations, including the service of our President, David Byrne, on the Epic Flight Committee and:
- the four 1919 Air Race Lectures given during the May History Festival;
- the launch of our Vickers Vimy Mural in July;
- the contribution of volunteer monitors at the Adelaide Airport Vickers Vimy Open Day in October; and
- the contribution of artefacts from the Museum’s collection to the State Library of South Australia’s Heroes of the Skies exhibition in November.
In addition, representatives of the Museum attended and supported many of the other events throughout the year.
Videos of the four History Festival lectures and the launch of the Vickers Vimy light show may be viewed on our Media Gallery page here.
We very much regret having to announce that the Museum will be closed to visitors from Friday 20 March 2020 due to the escalating COVID-19 situation.
We will be open as usual on Thursday 19 March.
We will re-open as soon as we are advised it is safe to do so, so please monitor this website or our Facebook page here for our current status before your next visit.
We are very sorry to have to inconvenience our visitors. but in the meantime there is lots of information about the Museum and our collection on our website, so please during this period have a browse and stay in touch!!