Royal Australian Air Force Association
(South Australian Division) Incorporated
Patron: His Excellency The Honorable Hien Van Le AC
Governor of South Australia
The RAAF Association (SA Division) is a not for profit organization dedicated to providing services for the benefit of and in the interest of members; ex members and deceased former members of Her Majesty’s Air Forces and their dependants, and other persons approved under the RAAF Association (SA Division) Constitution.
The South Australian Division was formed in 1930 as the Australian Flying Corps by World war I members, and became the Royal Australian Air Force Association in 1943.
Prior to relocating to the Torrens Parade Ground in 2004, The Association was located at Finnis Street, North Adelaide.
- Central and regional Branches provide camaraderie, social activity and mutual support to those who have served Australia in periods of war and peace.
- Many South Australian RAAFA branches and other associated groups use the RAAFA at Torrens Parade Ground for regular meetings, reunions and other gatherings.
- The Combined Services Mess is located at the RAAFA and uses the RAAFA meeting room in conjunction with the bar and kitchen. They cater for all co tenants of the Drill Hall and their members.
- The RAAFA has a Link trainer used by all Air Cadets and encourages all younger Air Cadets in flying training.
- Central Reserve (HQ SA) is in the process of displaying memorabilia and establishing a library.
The Association participates in all major national and state commemorations of Australia’s major ex-service activities, especially those related to the Australian Flying Corps and the Royal Australian Air Force. In addition the Association commemorates RAAF anniversaries of significance. All members and their families are welcome at these events.
Support for the RAAF
The Association provides a voice to the government and supports the needs of Royal Australian Air force members and includes issues like retirement benefits.
The Association is a National membership organization with Divisions and Branches in all States and Territories. The Association is a leading member of the Australian Veterans and Defence Services Council, and a member of the State Veterans Consultative Council.
Social Activities and Friends
Social activities and friends are important to Association members. Branches hold regular lunches and events with guest speakers who talk on a range of services, veteran and aviation topics relevant to members interests.
RAAF History and Heritage
The RAAF Association supports accurate portrayal of RAAF history in museums, memorials, paper and electronic media and the preservation of heritage and traditions of the RAAF. Include are:
The Air Museum Mildura
Memorabilia displays at Central Reserve and Elizabeth Salisbury Branches
Providing financial assistance to Aviation Museum for the restoration of a Fairy Battle Aircraft (ongoing)
Provide financial aid to local Air Cadet Squadrons for the purchase of a motorised glider to introduce cadets to flying.
Provide financial aid to enable cadets to participate in the Duke Of Edinburgh Scholarship and other aid as requested. This activity has been supported by the Elizabeth/Salisbury Branch in particular.