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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.