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A lasting legacy

for one of

Free FLight’s finest modellers


Fascinated with flight and the

dynamics of how things flew

was what first attracted the

avid aviation enthusiast Gary

Sunderland to the sport of


Finding his wings froma young age,

Gary had a long standing career in the

aviation industry as an aeronautical

engineer with the Commonwealth

Aircraft Factory, before taking up roles

as safety inspector and air accident

investigator with CASA. To add to his

impressive resume, he was a full size

glider pilot and also took on the role as

Editor and Technical Editor of Gliding

Australia and was a WW1 aviation

historian and light aircraft pilot.

Despite retiring from the aviation

industry in 1994, Gary wasn’t keen to

hang up his wings, moving to Bacchus

Marsh (the home of Victorian gliding)

to join the Bacchus Marsh Model

Aircraft Association.

Fellow clubmember, Joe Finocchiaro

said Gary had a real love affair with

flying and was an accomplished glider

pilot, previously being part of the

Australian WC gliding teamas well as

an awarded RCmodeler- winning the

2016 Free Flight Nationals at the age

of 82.

“Gary loved aviation and themany

aspects of the industry and hobby/

sport. He liked to research, build and

fly eachmodel which included free

flight and indoor,” he said.

“The WW1models were not easy to fly,

but Gary’s tenacity and determination

would not deter him.

Gary Sunderland

will be remembered as

the little fella that loved to fly WW1 models