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!

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.

SAAM to close until further notice from Friday 20 March 2020

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!!

October Newsletter ready for download!

Our October newsletter is now ready for download. Just click on the front-page image at left, or go to the Newsletters tab to browse past issues.

This month the President updates us about the Museum’s activities, Marion Flak gives a detailed rundown of his progress in restoring the SAATAS engine test rig, Langdon Badger remembers the 1964 Brisbane-Adelaide Air Race, Mike Milln pays tribute to Harry Schneider and Alan Killmier in a story about the Museum’s acquisition of gliders, the History Group contributes a profile of Harry Schneider, and we give notice of the Annual General Meeting on 16 November and provide the necessary Committee nomination forms.

August newsletter ready to download!

Our August newsletter is ready to download – just click on the front-page image, or go to the Newsletters tab to browse past issues.

This month President David Byrne tells about SAAM’s participation at the Minlaton celebrations of Harry Butler’s 1919 flight over the Gulf and gives a projects update; there are restoration updates on the Anson and Fairey Battle as usual; Beverley McWilliams tells how she came to write a Children’s book about Harry Butler soon to be launched at SAAM; we print a 1973 letter from Horrie Miller to his friend Ray Hannan that clears up some historical mysteries; a piece on our Caribou’s participation in the East Timor evacuation in 1975; the story of HMAS Adelaide’s and Edinburgh AP3-C’s part in the Bullimore rescue in 1997, and SAAM’s plans for an Air Sea Rescue display; and a History Group profile of airman John C. (Jack) Doudy. Read on and enjoy!