Vern Gray (1923- )
Gray was one of the outstanding early leaders in indoor flying in
New Zealand. He joined the Auckland Model Aero Club in August
1931. He served on the committee in 1935 and 1937. He served on
the NZMAA Council for a total of six years.
Vern set 16
indoor records between December 1935 and March 1993, starting with
6 min 29 sec for H/L Indoor Spar in 1935 to 16 min 16 sec for
Class D Indoor in 1993. In 1937 he was awarded NZMAA Silver Medals
for flying 13m 13.2s in Indoor Spar and 6m 40.2s for Indoor HL
In International events, Vern took 7th place in
the 1935 Moffett contest, and won the 1936 Moffett event. Together
with Stan Eade and Ray Allen, Vern represented New Zealand in the
Australian "Internationals" in 1938. He represented New Zealand in
the 1948 Wakefield contest.
Frank Zaic published two of
Vern's Plans in the Frank Zaic 1938 Yearbook. These were Vern's
1937 ROG indoor record holder, and his 1937 Moffett design.
Vern is remembered by his fellow club members for his
meticulous attention to detail in both construction and trimming,
for his original thinking in developing his designs for still
higher performance, and for his relaxed reaction when he
accidentally dropped his glasses on his F1D model at Kawarau,
completely destroying it.