Leong was a founding member of the Hamilton Model Aero Club in
1932. During the Second World War he served with the R.N.Z.A.F.
and after the war was instrumental in reforming the Hamilton Model
Aero Club. He remained a member of this club until he passed away
in 1988 he was the club Recording Officer until the early 1950's.
Alf never aspired to administrative positions in the club or to
N.Z.M.A.A. because of a concern to avoid a conflict of interest
with his business activities.
Alf's first major achievement
was in 1938 when his model was flown in the Moffett Trophy in the
U.S.A. His next was in 1940 when he flew in the indoor event at
the Centennial Exhibition in Wellington. He was the National
Champion at this event.
Alf was Champion of Champion at the
second Nationals at Hamilton in 1949-50. Alf represented New
Zealand in Wakefield at World Championships in 1952, 1953, 1954,
Alf was an ardent Free Flight modeller and had
numerous successes at local and national levels over the years.
Including A2, Gas, Payload, Chuck Glider, as well as Wakefield.
Also a very competitive Control Line flyer, Alf performed with
distinction as an Aerobatic and Speed flyer and held New Zealand
speed records. He was known for his distinctive style, flying
control-line models clockwise, opposite to the present accepted
In 1969, 1970, 1971 1972 he was a team member
contesting Trans Tasman Radio Control Aerobatics in competitions
in Australia and New Zealand.
In 1972, 1973, 1974 he was a
New Zealand team member flying Radio Control Pylon Racing. Alf
could be considered the Father of Pylon Racing in New Zealand as
he was one of the earliest proponents of the class. He encouraged
others to compete and enjoys the thrills and put a lot of effort
into promoting the event, his kitset Pylon Racer was just one of
his promotional efforts.
At club level, A.P.M.A.A. and
Nationals level, Alf supplied cups, trophies and prizes for many
events. A good supporter of all our activities.
not realise, that if it had not been for Alf Leong's ingenuity and
talent in making accessories and parts, their participation in a
great many modelling activities would have been seriously
curtailed during the years of N.Z. import restrictions. A man with
modest outlook he was a meticulous craftsman with great patience
who gave so much to New Zealand Aeromodelling.
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