Ian Barber (1916 - )
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
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
MacDonald Memorial award was presented to Ian in 1960 in
recognition of his aeromodelling achievements.
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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