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Wg Cdr Ken Wallis MBE
Sep 5th, 2013 at 5:21pm
 
A 97-year-old record-breaking autogyro pilot, who flew as a James Bond stunt double, has died.

Retired Wing Cdr Ken Wallis, who lived near Dereham, Norfolk, died on Sunday, his daughter confirmed.

Born in Ely, his first solo flight was in 1937. Thirty years later he doubled as Sean Connery's Bond for an explosive aerial sequence in You Only Live Twice, piloting the autogyro 'Little Nellie' that Wallis himself built..

His daughter Vicky said her father passed away after "a long and successful life doing what he wanted".

Mr Wallis will be laid to rest at a private family funeral.

A keen photographer, he combined his passion for images and flight to help police in aerial reconnaissance, the search for Lord Lucan and the Loch Ness monster.

Honoured with an MBE in 1996, he piloted 24 wartime missions over northern Europe in Wellington bombers, followed by a tour with the USAF flying the giant B-36, before spending 20 years engaged in weapons research in the Royal Air Force. Wallis held, and still holds some of the 34 autogyro world records.

In October, he was honoured by the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators (GAPAN) for his lifetime contribution to aerospace.

Speaking at the time, he said he was "privileged to be recognised by an organisation which celebrates professionalism and dedication in flying".
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