The Lawrence Hargrave Award©
Open Day '99 was without doubt, a huge success with highlight of the day being the presentation of the inaugural Monash University Lawrence Hargrave Award© to a genuinely surprised Dr Greg Holland.
Indeed, Greg was there believing he was presenting the award to someone else. It was certainly the best kept secret around the corridors of Monash for some time !
As a special 'icing on the cake', Greg was presented with his award by Lawrence Hargrave's great, great nephew, Dick Hargrave.
Dick was joined in the celebrations by two other aviation pioneers Jack Hearn and his brother Bruce, both former WW2 fighter pilots and in more peaceful times, co-founders (with their late brother and fellow pilot Keith) of the famous 'Hearn's Hobbies'.
An Aerosonde was on featured display for the duration of Open Day keeping the best of company alongside its worthy ancestor of some 100 years ago, a full size, Hargrave Boxkite.
Keeping with the aviation theme and indeed the concept of miniature aircraft, a model aeroplane flying display was organised by the Electric Indoor Flying Association and special 'guest pilot', Jack Hearn, showed off his latest 'distraction', a three metre long, radio controlled airship.
Well, Open Day '99 may be over but its really only the beginning of our planned series of special days to celebrate this special great Australian.
Finally, a challenge to all you aeromodelers out there - how about building an electric R/C ParkFly or Indoor model of the Aerosonde? - a tribute to the pioneering work of the Greg and his team.
To spur things along, Greg has kindly allowed us to publish a set of dimensioned sketches which should give you a true 'flying' start and if you do indeed build a 'Mini Aerosonde', Greg and his team would be very interested to see it and so of course would we.
Tell us how you went about the design and building process and if you send us some photographs, a set of 'scale' plans whatever, we'll feature them on these pages. for all to enjoy
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