The SAAM Shop has a wide range of aviation-related items for sale. These include, but are not limited to: artwork, various books, models and kits, plus novelty merchandise. Our shop is located in the entrance foyer.
The history of the Royal Aero Club of South Australia is a fascinating one, reflecting South Australia's rich aviation heritage. This volume, Book 1, covers the period 1919–1941. The book covers all the early trials and triumphs of the Club as it emerged from the ashes of the Great War, and is set against the background of exciting early days of record-breaking flights and the birth of commercial aviation. The Club was at the forefront of Adelaide society, and many of its members came from Adelaide's wealthiest and best-known families. As well, the whole cast and play of aviation pioneers are here – the record breakers from "Smithy" to Jimmy Melrose and Roy Gropler, and the airline builders from Joseph Larkin and Horrie Miller to Reg Ansett. The characters, the pageants, the air races, the crashes – and even the scandals – are all in this very readable book.
Airlines of South Australia. This is the story of 'The People, The Places and The Planes'. From 1960 to 1986, the airline faithfully served the people of South Australia.
The book provides a summary of important dates in aviation history in South Australia, the story of Guinea Airways' mainland operations, passenger and staff oral stories, the histories of routes and ports served, fleet lists and competitors. Relive the nostalgia of the era, read the stories of 'the family airline' – an airline that was joy to work in – and relive the esprit de corps that existed amongst the staff.
The book contains approximately 300 pages and is crammed with interesting photographs and memorabilia.
South Australian Aviation Museum Collection Guide.
Details of our collection have been updated in our new 50 page Collection Guide.
The Guide includes a brief history and the technical specifications for 30 aircraft and missiles in our collection on display or under restoration, with colour photographs of each.
In addition, it lists the historic engines, propellers and trainers in the collection, aircraft presently in storage and historical displays around the museum.
It also provides a history of the museum and descriptions of our workshop, the museum shop and our activity in the community.