Max Howland - Queensland Gliding

 in the 50's, 60's and 70's


Compiled by Kevin Rodda based on photos, notes, letters and log book entries provided by 

Max Howland, ex WWII pilot and instructor ... a pioneer of gliding in Queensland.



In a 20 year period from 1956, Max Howland (pictured above with Marj Pegler after they had set the Australian Two-Seater Record at the Narromine Nationals in 1962) flew 2,259 hours in gliders. This included 3,500 instructional flights totaling hours and 340 hours of cross country flights totaling 40,000 miles. In 1965, Max became the first "Triple Diamond" pilot to be recorded on the Australian register. He won the Australian Championship in 1968, represented Australia at the 12th World Soaring Championships in the USA in 1970 and was Chairman of the Task Setting Committee at the Waikerie World Comps in 1973/4. Max's contribution to gliding has been recognised by him being a worthy recipient of the GFA's  prestigious Hoinville Award.




Max Howland's Photo Galleries:


North Coast Gliding & Soaring Club - 1950's 


Gliding Expedition - Longreach 1960

Cornwall Station - Quilpie 1962

Australian Nationals - Narromine 1962

Queensland Easter Competition - Oakey 1963 

Long Service Leave - 1963 

Slope Soaring - Tewantin 1963

2nd Queensland Comps - Inverell 1964

No.1 Queensland Gliding School - Kingaroy 1964

5th Australian Nationals - Benalla 1964/65

4th Queensland Comps - Warwick 1966

No.3 Queensland Gliding School - Kingaroy 1966

Bunya Mountain Wave - Kingaroy 1967

Gliding Tour - Benalla 1966/67

No.5 Queensland Gliding School 1968

Altitude Test - 1968

12th World Championships - Marfa 1970

Aircraft Types

Maps and Other Competition Documents

(Long Service Leave - 1963 includes National Gliding School #6 - Gawler 1963)


The Max Howland Gliding Series:



Night Flying


A Few Flights




Waves  - Mountain and Shear


Instrument Flying


Competitive Gliding


Flying in World Comps


12th Worlds - Texas 1970


World Comps in Australia


Marj Pegler and the K6




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