I spent the other Sunday fulfilling my quarterly obligation to perform a day’s desk duty at the South Australian Aviation Museum.
Actually, ‘obligation’ is hardly fair. As the only thing expected of SAAM volunteers apart from a modest annual membership fee, I see my quarterly desk duty as excellent value for money.
A Sunday spent greeting visitors and chatting with a couple of other Museum members is far from onerous. It’s more a reminder of how pleasantly an interest in aviation can unite people. If the folks who are drawn to planes, aviators and aviation stories are anything to go by, the dream of flight is a reflection of our better selves.
I know there’s a ‘nightmare of flight’ too… But it’s driven by the strictly earth-bound business objectives of airlines and airports.
And it’s hardly flying.
Flying is what little kids do when they come through the front door and first see the planes. I see my 5-year-old self in every one. Flying is what the quiet old men do again (the ex-pilots are always quiet) as they move through the hangar reflecting on their dreams and adventures.
Unfortunately, I can’t share the full magic of desk duty online. I can only suggest you get in touch with an aviation museum neat you and offer them some of your time. They’ll appreciate the help – and no aviation museum should have to close down for want of volunteers.
A brief tour
Meanwhile, I did take the opportunity to sample the Museum’s awesome collection for you. And this is just a sample, not a catalogue, so be sure to come and visit when you’re in South Australia.
Oops. I forgot to include a link to the Museum website. You’ll find more details on the full collection there, latest news and events, plus past issues of the monthly newsletter and more.