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Air pioneer to greet race arrivals

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Statement by the Minister for Civil Aviation, Senator the Hon. Robert Cotton

A noted aviation pioneer - Captain G.U. .ALLI.N - will represent the Minister for Civil Aviation, Senator Robert Cotton, in welcoming the first aircraft to reach Australia in the

English/Australia race, Captain Allan will greet the first aircraft in Darwin "I am delighted that a man of Captain Allan's standing in aviation history can be on hand to formally welcome the

first plane to touch down in Australia on this historic occasion," Senator Cotton said.

"It will be a fitting milestone in Captain Allan's long career in Australian aviation, particularly with flights

which have used Darwin as a staging post."

Captain Allan, who was born in Scotland, joined the Royal

Flying Corps in Britain in 1916, and flew with the Corps until 1929.

In that year he came to Australia and became a leading associate of Charles Kingsford-Smith and Charles Uem on many

of their pioneering flights.

After serving as chief pilot with the original A. N. A,

Captain "Scotty" Allan joined Qantas :i mpire Airways as a pilot in 1934• He served as a Wing Commander during World War II, then returned to Qantas firstly as London manager and then as

Controller of Technical Development.

He was awarded the C. B. , in 1957 for his contribution to aviation, and retired in 1961 from the post of Deputy

Chief Executive and Deputy Goncral nnager of Qantas.

C.0 B-uR 1 December 199 1969 - P. M.