Allan Rowe (1917 - 2007)
Rowe flew models from a very early age in the Wellington area and
served in the RNZAF from 1940. He built models from balsa wood
supplied for repairs to Short "Singapore" flying boats while
serving in Fiji.
was one of the Les Wright group who became particularly interested
in the design of aerobatic single channel models, this lead to one
of New Zealand's most famous model designs, the R6-B, dozens of
which have been built in NZ and probably hundreds overseas. Allan
Rowe came up with an innovative and appealing layout in 1953 and
the publication of a feature and plan in a 1955 "Aeromodeller"
made it an all-time classic.
R6B was followed by R6C and R6D. R6C first flew on 28 Feb 54, was
little smaller and was a success right from the start. It was in
demand for demonstrations - HMV and others. Allan got carried away
at a RNZAC pageant at Hood Aerodrome March 54 and crashed after
starting a loop too low after 25 minutes of "aerobatics". Rebuilt
with an Elfin 2.49 - far too much power and finally written off in
a spectacular dive at Palmerston North from the top of the climb.
Always an active club member, Allan wrote the Wellinton MAC
newsletter on 1950 - '51, was a committee member of Wellington MAC
in 1952 -
'54 and became NZMAA president from 1954
For many years Allan was involved in "full-sized" gliding, owning
an Olympian 463 named "Kotuku" (White Heron) Later there was Jodel
homebuilt and a microlight, until deteriorating eyesight made
Awarded the MacDonald Memorial Trophy in 1957 and made NZMAA Life
Member in 1961, Allan played a major part in the location of the
first Les Wright Radio Model in 1988.