History Month 2021

For History Month 2021 SAAM held weekly talks on various RAAF aircraft at the museum. This went alongside the RAAF Centenary and four speakers over four weeks gave fantastic talks about aircraft which included:

  • Fairey Battle
  • Spitfire
  • Macchi Trainer
  • P-3C Orion

These talks were all recorded as podcasts and you can listen to them by going to the podcast page and selecting from a playlist the track you wish to hear. It’s that simple!

Another video available for download!

You can download some interesting footage of Royal Aero Club of South Australia Victa Airtourers being flown by Mike and Sandy Robinson, Dean Bennet and Chris Sperou on 29th September 1970. The aircraft are VH-BWB, – BWF, -BWG and -BWT. Unfortunately the soundtrack has been lost but we identified the participants and member Ian Jones has titled the video.

You can download the video here

New History Group Profile Ready for Download!

We have added the profile for LT Alan D’Arcy Sutherland.  Find it here, or go to the History Group Tab, where you will find it under ‘Biographies’ and ‘Pre WWII.’  Alan Sutherland was one of 12 South Australian airmen who died serving in the AFC or RFC in the Great War, that were omitted from the South Australian State War Memorial.

100 years after  Alan Sutherland’s death, research by SAAM History Group Chairman Peter Ingman and former member, the late Chas Schaedel, and much lobbying by SAAM and the Air Force Association (SA), led to the adding of the names of the 12 airmen to the War Memorial. Family descendants of Alan Sutherland were present at the ceremony which took place on Sunday, 18 November, 2018.

In the image above, Alan Sutherland (left) is shown alongside renowned fellow South Australian aviator, Harry Butler, who was also from Minlaton, SA.

The names of all missing airmen can be found here.

SAAM fully (almost!) up and running for school holidays!

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 reopening on Saturday 6th June!

SAAM WILL REOPEN ON SAT 6th JUNE
And we’ll be open every day 10:30am to 4:30pm.
We have SA Health COVID-Safe requirements in place to ensure the museum is ready to go – including cleaning schedules, social distancing and lots of hand sanitiser…
Please be prepared to pay by card/Paywave – we will not be handling cash until further notice – and note we have reversed our recent price increase in view of access to aircraft interiors not being available and the shop being closed.
Charges are detailed on the side bar.
Social distancing requirements will restrict us to only 4 visitors in the reception area, so we may ask you to wait briefly outside if necessary. Once in the display hangars there’s lots of space!
Also please note that SA Health requires us to keep records of visitor contacts, so be prepared to fill out a form!
We’ll make it all as easy as possible and we are really looking forward to seeing you!