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South Australia’s Governor Launches Book Honouring South Australia’s Air Force Legacy

 

A book honouring the proud history and service of South Australians in the Air Force was launched by His Excellency The Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia, at the Air Force Centenary Morning Tea and Book Launch at Government House, Adelaide on 31 March 2021.

 

Click here to access your SA Eagles Flip-Book

For over a century, South Australians have served our nation’s Air Force creating a remarkable legacy of service. Produced for the Royal Australian Air Force Centenary in 2021, this publication profiles thirty such South Australians.

The launch followed the Air Force Centenary Commemorative Service at the National War Memorial, Adelaide.

GPCAPT Greg Weller, Director of Community Engagement, RAAF Edinburgh and the author of ‘South Australian Eagles’, has been researching and promoting South Australia’s Air Force heritage to help South Australians understand the Air Force story in their State.

“The centenary of the RAAF in 2021 has provided an opportunity for our community to rediscover this legacy and the South Australians who contributed so much to the Air Force over the last 100 years.” said GPCAPT Weller.

“Some are decorated aircrew. Some are air aces. Others rose to the highest echelons of our air force. Some returned to South Australia serving the community in other ways in sport, indigenous reconciliation and the arts. Tragically, some did not return paying the ultimate sacrifice for their nation.”

The aim of the book is to profile their service and inspire our community to learn more about these brave South Australians.”

The book is a not-for-profit initiative. It was made possible through grants from the Federal Government and South Australia State Government as well as assistance for printing from the Air Force Association (South Australia).

Hardcopies of South Australian Eagles will be available at Air Force Centenary events in South Australia during 2021. 150 copies will also be donated to local schools.

The publication can be downloaded from websites including the South Australian Aviation Museum and the Air Force Association, where it is also available as a flip-book.

Click here to access your SA Eagles Flip-Book

A limited number will also be available for purchase for a nominal charge from the Air Force Association – South Australia office (please contact Annette Moore at raafaad@internode.on.net).

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