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Colin Fee, President
Friends of the RAAF Museum Inc.
It’s been another busy year. Sometimes I wonder if we’ve
achieved much over the year but when you sit and consider it
all it’s been quite a deal.
We started the year off with another successful RAAF Museum
Air Pageant held on a beautiful late February Sunday afternoon.
The highlight of course was the long awaited appearance the
Museum’s CA-27 Sabre jet fighter, which would make an
appearance of another sort at an event later in the year.
In April my focus shifted away from Museum matters as I got
married and jetted off to the US on our alternate honeymoon.
Those of you who recall the Icelanders and their volcano will
understand why it became an alternate honeymoon.
Upon our return in May we were straight into the AGM and
preparation for the annual dinner, this time successfully held
off-base at the Yarraville club. Our guest speaker, Mr Peter
Isaacson, a former World War II Pathfinder pilot with RAF
Bomber Command held the attendant audience enthralled as
he spoke of his experiences during the bomber offensive of the
Second World War.
Before the annual dinner in June I had the pleasure of
representing the Friends at the opening of the Museum’s
current special exhibition. Opened by CAF Air Marshal Mark
Binskin, the exhibition traces the efforts to find and repatriate
the last two remaining Australian serviceman listed as Missing
in Action during the Vietnam War. A fascinating, moving and
inspiring story, I recommend all Friends visit the exhibition when
Introducing Your Committee
Wayne Callanan (Committee member) joined the
Friends in 1995 as an active member refurbishing
the Museum’s Bristol Bloodhound ground-to-air
missile, its mobility trailer and other parts. He also
performs general volunteer duties around the
Museum and is retired. A Committee member
Ian Adderly (Vice President) was an engineering,
land and construction surveyor for over 35 years
and has been a tennis linesman, umpire and referee
for over 30. He was a company director for 13
years and has extensive committee experience on
many sporting, educational and other bodies. With
an avid interest in aviation all his life he joined the
Friends and has been a host officer and tour guide
since 1994. A Committee member since 2001.
Alan Dann (Committee member) was born in
1939 and can remember spending many nights
in an air raid shelter during the Blitz. He worked
for BOAC, BEA and Qantas in cargo services and
with a growing interest in aviation since around
1948, he joined the Friends in 2002 and enjoys
teaching children about our aviation history.
A Committee member since 2006.
The remaining four Committee members, Keith Gaff,
Darryl Wells, Anthony Whitham and Andrew Willox
will introduce themselves next issue.
Colin Fee (President) has been an IT Manager at
Monash University for the past 15 years. His interest
in historic aviation began in childhood when he was
given a picture book of classic fighter aircraft
covering aviation’s early days to just after the
Second World War. Models came next, Airfix types
first then the remote controlled variety. Before
joining the Friends and the committee, Colin has
served on the governing committee of the Victorian
Amateur Fencing Association as Secretary and is
actively involved in a number of workplace
committees. He joined the Friends in 2000 – a
Committee member since 2002.
In September we once again held the George Merz Memorial
Lecture in the Officers’ Mess at Laverton. Friends Secretary Mr
Keith Gaff presented the history of the F-86 Sabre and its
variants. He was ably and colourfully assisted by our guest
speaker Air Commodore (Retd) David Pietsch, an ex RAAF CAC
Sabre driver. David kept the crowd enthralled as he related his
own experiences flying the Air Force’s CAC Sabres as part of
his first job as a fighter pilot with the RAAF and his involvement
in the restoration to flight status of the RAAF Museum’s Sabre
that featured at the February Air Pageant.
As is customary in my last missive for the year I’ve a number
of thank-yous to make. To you our members, thank you for
your continued support. To the Museum staff, thank you for
your continued support, encouragement and at times
tolerance. To my hard working fellow committee members
whose efforts make running the organisation a pleasure, I say
thank you. To the following individuals for your contributions
this year; Peter Isaacson, Dave Jones, Wayne Callanan, Keith
Gaff, Andrew Willox and Warwick Bonner. Finally, to Lockheed-
Martin for their continued sponsorship of Aerogram, a much-
need contribution that helps keep this the quality publication
that it is.
Whatever your faith or cultural background I wish you a happy
festive season and look forward to catching up with you again
in the new year.
Warwick Bonner (Treasurer) is self employed in
the Building industry and has interests in all things,
especially aviation and motorsport generated from
childhood memories of attending a large RNZAF Air
Pageant at Whenuapai and NZIGP at Ardmore. He
became involved with the Friends about 15 years
ago as a way of contributing in a small way to the
Museum and as an excuse for not working seven
days a week. A Committee member since 2001.
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