IAN BARBER  

Ian Barber (1916 - )

Ian became interested in Aeromodelling as a teenager and is best known for his Radio Controlled Soaring World record, built up over a period of time, finally achieved in 1960 with a time of 9hours 4minutes, and not exceeded as a World record for 5 years and stood as a New Zealand record until 1995, thus establishing his own position as a noteworthy exponent of radio controlled flying and contributing substantially to New Zealand's reputation as a pioneer in that discipline.

Actively involved with the Wellington Model Aero Club, Ian was on the committee in 1955 - '56 and edited the club bulletin in 1958 - 59.

Ian was a competitive modeller in the '50,s and '60,s with successes in local and National competition in Free-Flight, Indoor and Radio Control events.

The MacDonald Memorial award was presented to Ian in 1960 in recognition of his aeromodelling achievements.

Full sized gliding was a passion and until recently Ian was the oldest glider instructor in New Zealand.


After nearly seventy years of aeromodelling enthusiasm, Laurie was still flying whenever the opportunity arose, and immaculate scale models continued to appear from his workshop until his death in July 2007.

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