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Peter Lloyd

Peter Lloyd Australian sports aviator

Australian sports aviator
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Intro Australian sports aviator
A.K.A. George Alfred Lloyd
Countries Australia
Occupations Aviator
Type Military
Gender male
Birth 15 December 1920 (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia)
Star sign SagittariusSagittarius
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Biography

George Alfred Lloyd AC OBE (born 15 December 1920), known as Peter Lloyd, is an Australian aviator and grazier. Since the 1950s, Lloyd has been involved with administering aero clubs in Australia and internationally, as well as promoting air sports and air safety.

Early life

Lloyd was born in Sydney in 1920, and attended Sydney Church of England Grammar School, and then the University of Sydney.

Military service

On 31 May 1940, Lloyd enlisted in the Second Australian Imperial Force during World War II. He was assigned to the 2/6th Field Regiment and saw action in the Middle East and New Guinea. On 8 March 1945, Lloyd was mentioned in dispatches for gallant and distinguished service in the South-West Pacific.

Aviation career

On his return to Australia, Lloyd worked as a grazier. In 1951, Lloyd was elected treasurer of the Royal Aero Club of New South Wales, and in 1955, he qualified as a pilot. In 1957, Lloyd became president of the club, a position he held for ten years, and then again from 1972 to 1974. He built up the club from poor condition to the largest aviation school in the British Commonwealth.

In 1958, Lloyd became president of the Federation of Australian Aero Clubs, and set about greatly increasing the federation's membership and promoting aviation sports throughout Australia.

Honours

  • In 1964, Lloyd was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) as president of the Royal Aero Club of New South Wales.
  • In 1969, he received the Oswald Watt Gold Medal—Australia's highest aviation award.
  • In 1989, Lloyd was awarded the FAI Gold Air Medal—one of only three Australians to have won the award.
  • In the 1990 Australia Day Honours, Lloyd was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to aviation and international relations.
  • In 1992, he was inducted into the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.
  • In the 2016 Queen's Birthday Honours, Lloyd was upgraded to a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), for eminent service to the aviation industry, particularly to the advancement of air safety in Australia, through leading roles with national and international aeronautical organisations, and airsport associations.

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