SAAM re-opening Wednesday 25th November!

We are very happy to be able to announce that the Museum will be re-opening to visitors on Wednesday 25th November.

Please note that SA Health’s spatial limit requirements of 1 person per 4 sq metres will apply. This limits our reception/shop area to 6 persons at a time, so please be patient if you are asked to wait a minute or two before entering. All our COVID-Safe procedures are in place so please use the hand sanitiser stations and maintain 1.5m distance from other visitors not in your party.

SAAM members may return to their projects from Monday 23rd November. Be sure to observe all workplace spatial distancing and sanitising requirements and be COVID safe!

“The History of Aerial Photography” History Group profiles available for download!

History Group member Gary Petts is writing a fascinating history of Aerial photography in 4 parts – from the earliest days of balloon observation through the wars to the present day.
Parts 1 & 2 (pre-history & WWI) were published in our last three newsletters, but we decided Part 3 (WWII) is too big for the newsletter so we have made it available on our website here: http://www.saam.org.au/…/aerial-photography-part-3-wwii/
Parts 1 & 2 are also available – just go to the ‘Pre WWII’ drop-down tab of the History Group page – http://www.saam.org.au/history/pre-world-war-ii/ to download.
We’ll let you know when Part 4 is ready!
Gary is well-qualified for the task, having served in the Army (RASvy), being trained as a topographical surveyor at the School of Military Survey, attending the RAAF School of Photography and serving with SAPOL’s Photographic Section.

John Roberts talks about the Bullimore rescue!

SAAM FB Grab – Tony Bullimore from South Australian Aviation Museum on Vimeo.

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.

Video – “A Fiery Exit” added to our Media Gallery!

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.

Another History Group profile to download!

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.

New History Group Significant Aviation Events Profile to download!

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.

EFC2019 releases its Year in Review Report

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.