This superb photograph of Adelaide's Parafield aerodrome dates from 1948.
Noted aviation historian and retired Air Traffic Controller Geoff Goodall,
who grew up literally as the 'boy on the fence' at Parafield, provides
the following identification of the hangars and buildings, working north
(away) from the Ops/Admin/Control Tower building:
ANA hangar, became Royal Aero Club of SA
- 2. Guinea
Airways, became United Aviation, later Aerokair then Rossair. That's
Guinea's last Lockheed 14 VH-AEW parked out on the tarmac.
- 3. Those
4 Nissan huts were certainly still there until the '80s at least, given
- 4. Bellman
hangar with "Parafield" painted on roof: I don't know who
used it in 1948 but it was used by Robby's Aircraft for aircraft storage
by the time I started snooping around Parafield in the early '60s. It
had Mac Job's Lockheed 12 VH-FMS
on trestles up the back, Anson VH-DOB stored, and various parked Austers
- 5 &
6. Robby's Aircraft (Frank Robbiliard) training with Avro Cadets, Tigers
and Ryan STMs and the first aerial agricultural operator in SA with
Cadets and Tigers.
- 7. Smaller
hangar: was used for glider maintenance and wood/fabric components repair
- 8. Small
top hangar: general use by the 1960s. Visiting aircraft parked up there
and on the grass opposite.
TAA hangar next to the Tower [to the left in the photo above] became Aviation
Services (SA) Ltd hangar in the '50s when they were SA Auster agents.
By 1960 they had set up country flying schools in competition with the
Aero Club using Chipmunks, and were also active Beagle agents: their hangar
was always packed with rag and tube aircraft and I never saw a Cessna
or Piper in there.
the igloo hangar, which was built by RAAF in WW2 and by 1948 would have
been in use with Department of Aircraft Production (DAP) who built the
adjoining two very large hangar and office complexes (out of the photo)
for Dakota overhauls for RAAF. DAP continued this work for RAAF &
RAN into the '70s.
DAP hangars are where the DCA Lodestars
were civilianised. In 1951 the Lockheed 14 VH-AEW and the third DCA Lodestar
were parked abandoned next to that clump of trees behind the DAP hangars.
of those huts behind the hangar rows were put in by RAAF during WW2, and
I recognise a number of them that survived into the '70s at least. They
were used by Aero Club, Rossair, and Robby's for storage, and I remember
one large hut had 3 crashed aero club Chippie wrecks stashed inside."
your mouse over the main buildings or significant features in the photos
above and below for identification and, in some cases, more information.
another aerial photo from 1965