South Australian Aviation Museum

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South Australian Aviation Museum
South Australian Aviation Museum Logo.jpg
Location Port Adelaide, South Australia
Coordinates 34°50′54″S 138°30′42″E / 34.8482°S 138.5117°E / -34.8482; 138.5117
Type Aerospace museum

The South Australian Aviation Museum displays aircraft and aircraft engines of relevance to South Australia and aviation in Australia. It is also the home of the Defence Science and Technology Organisation's heritage rocket collection. It is located in Port Adelaide, South Australia.

The Museum's origins can be traced to 1984 when it was started by a group of enthusiasts interested in aviation history and aircraft restoration. In 1990 it became the official aviation museum for South Australia when it was awarded Provisional Accreditation by the History Trust of South Australia. The following year it became responsible for the State's historical aviation collection.[1]

In 1996 the Museum became the home of the heritage rocket collection associated with the Woomera Test Range in the period 1950-1980. The heritage rocket collection is the property of the Australian Defence Science and Technology Organisation.[2]


Sea Venom (WZ931) at the South Australian Aviation Museum, Port Adelaide

The following aircraft are on static display:[3]

The following aircraft engines are on static display:[4]

Restoration projects[edit]

Two aircraft are currently undergoing restoration by museum volunteers:[5]

  • Fairey Battle. When restored, this will be the only Fairey Battle on display in Australia, and one of only four in the world.[6]
  • Fokker F27 Friendship VH-CAT. This aircraft was formerly operated in Australia by the Department of Civil Aviation and the CSIRO.[7][8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "SAAM History". Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  2. ^ "Woomera". Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  3. ^ "SAAM Aircraft on display". Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  4. ^ "SAAM Aircraft engines on display". Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  5. ^ "SAAM - Restorations". Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  6. ^ "SAAM - Restoration of Fairey Battle". Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  7. ^ "SAAM - Restoration of Fokker Friendship F27/100". Retrieved 2011-05-07. 
  8. ^ "What's new? Fokker Friendship restoration". Retrieved 2011-05-08.