PRA member since 1973
- Dec 15, 2008
- Colorado Springs CO.
- Cessna 210 +, Xenon RST, Citabria
- Total Flight Time
More than anyone it is Ken Wallis who put the gyrocopter on the big screen for everybody to seeNot sure if this has already been posted. I always greatly admired this man, he will be sorely missed...
Blue Skies, old boy.Obituary: Record-breaking autogyro pioneer Wing Cmdr. Ken Wallis died at home near Dereham, Norfolk, England, on Sept. 1. He was 97. A Royal Air Force (RAF) Wellington bomber pilot during World War II, Wallis spent 20 years in weapon research for the RAF, but was best known for his exploits with autogyros, working on them in his spare time at home. His experi- ence with the machines helped him set 34 autogyro world records between 1968 and 2002, several of which still stand today, including the speed record for an autogyro: 207.7 kph (129 mph). Wallis retained a collection of 18 autogyros at home and regularly few them for visitors even until recently. Although his hopes of wider success with gyroplanes never came to frui- tion, the capabilities of the aircraft and Wallis were spotted by producers of the James Bond flms and in 1967, Wallis doubled for actor Sean Connery in a dramatic dogfght scene where Bond’s autogyro, named “Little Nellie” fghts off helicopter-borne attackers over Japan in the flm, “You Only Live Twice.” In October 2012, Wallis was honored for his lifetime contribution to aerospace by the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators.