Ken Wallis, WWII bomber pilot, Engineer, designer, builder and James Bond's stand-in pilot of the autogyro 'Little Nellie' in 'You Only Live Twice' and all round good guy died last Sunday aged 97. I had the pleasure of meeting Ken twice once when he gave a slide-show lecture of his exploits (it was scheduled for two hours, lasted almost three and everybody present would have been more than happy to listened for a further hour... or two!) and once at his home in Reymerston where we were shown round his workshops and museum. He was an engineering genius. He built and flew a replica of the Walbro monoplane which was the first all-British aircraft. It was constructed of steel tubing and designed and built by his father and uncle well before WWI. It's preserved in the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum. He invented slot-car racing but was royally screwed by his partner who sold ken's idea to Scalextric. His original layout and cars were in his museum. During WWII he flew Wellington bombers and proudly wore a Golden Caterpillar tie pin awarded to anyone who successfully baled out from a doomed aircraft using an Irvine parachute. Here am I with ken, aged 94, at his home... ...and here he's taxiing in after demonstrating one of his many autogyros. View attachment Taxiing in.jpg Condolences to his family - he was a great guy!