Wing Commander Ken Wallis, Aviator. 1916 – 2013


Wing Commander Ken Wallis passed away on 1st September. To the layman, he was famous as the pilot of Little Nellie, the James Bond gyrocopter. To people within aviation, he was a legend and holder of many world records for piloting autogyros. A pilot for more than seventy years, a serving bomber pilot in the Royal Air Force for the duration of World War Two, his life was a truly remarkable one. This short film by Electric Egg Productions is part of a larger series of interviews for a film about surviving airmen from the Second World War.

It’s a wonderful film, around twelve minutes long. Pour yourself a glass of something you enjoy and toast the life of a truly remarkable pilot.

Ken Wallis. Aviator 1916-2013 – A short film from the Into the Wind Archive from Electric Egg on Vimeo.

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Author: Neill Watson

If you love the sound of the Cosworth V8 as much as the V12 Merlin, the smell of Jet A1 as much as Castrol R and admire the late Ray Hanna as much as Sir Stirling, you’ll find you’re both on the same page. Neill's love of art deco buildings means that his ideal home would be a brilliant white, 1930′s control tower in Southern France, with crisply mown grass, biplane parked on the driveway and a Ferrari 288GTO in the garage. This is something that those around him tolerate, though it does concern them from time to time.

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