September 2013 Ken Wallis died age 97

Posted: September 25, 2013 by tchannon in Uncategorized

http://www.youtube.com/embed/RQMImcbbI_Y?rel=0

This is how you do it. Video is dated 2011. [Upated at end of article]

h/t The Register

I have personal reasons, private.

Tim

[update]

Eastern Daily Press have carried a number of items about Wallis. Try this

“There are a lot of people supporting me, saying I should do it. It has become a bit of a joke really. It is my birthday in April so if I break this record in May I can do it as an old man of 96 rather than a young man of 95. I am still quite happy flying, and all you really need to do in an autogyro is sit in it and open the throttle.”

EDP article

[update]

I’ve found a local TV item, Felixstowe, Suffolk, where Ken was gave a talk in 2007 at about the lead-up to the James Bond movie. Remember he was age 90+. It was an event at the former Martlesham  air base… he recalled taking off there in 1941.


And importantly here is the web site of http://www.kenwallisautogyro.com/
Where you can read an obituary and biography of Wing Commander K H Wallis MBE, DEng (hc), Ph.D (hc), CEng, FRAeS, FSETP, FlnsTA(hc), RAF (Ret’d)

Comments
  1. tchannon says:

    I hope the post is working, only see a black rectangle. (normal here)

    A big article is postponed, few problems to sort out off ‘net.

  2. wayne says:

    maybe drop the /embed/ and use just the video id stated correcly for the parameter tag, that usually works for me. Like:
    “http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RQMImcbbI_Y”

  3. wayne says:

    Oops….. meant to put that entire youtube link in brackets so it wouldn’t automatically expand it and you could see the URL. Sorry, my goof.

    [mod: quotes added to “goof” –Tim]

  4. Sera says:

    I remember watching this on the telly- amazing man!

    RIP Ken Wallis

  5. Hans Jelbring says:

    The action of this man is just inspiring!

    It also reminds me that there are some more prominent projects waiting for fullfillment in my own Life.

  6. dave ward says:

    I’ve had the pleasure of meeting him on a couple of occasions, one of which was at his home, Reymerston Hall. A wonderful chap, who didn’t seem to think his exploits and knowledge were anything out of the ordinary. He happily spent over 2 hours chatting to our group in his hanger/workshops on a bitterly cold day before giving a demonstration flight just like your video. A true gentleman, and a sad loss for the aviation fraternity.

    Unfortunately his passing appears to have been completely overlooked by the national media, which I think is shameful. But there were two very good articles in the local paper:

    wing_commander_ken_wallis_dies_at_the_age_of_97_post_your_tributes

    autogyro_pioneer_inventor_a_local_hero_and_a_national_treasure

    RIP Ken

  7. dave ward says:

    Forgot to mention that Old Buckenham airfield nearby are holding a celebration of his life this coming weekend, the 29th September:

    http://www.oldbuck.com/en/events/a-celebration-of-the-life-of-wing-commander-ken-wallis-mbe/

  8. tchannon says:

    Thank you for the links Dave. I’ve elevated a snippet from EDP to an update on the article.

    Ah well, go for the world speed record at age 96.

  9. bit chilly says:

    now there was a life worth living. in todays world where the mediocre seem to excel ,a modern day ken wallis would be a breath of fresh air.daring endeavor appears to mean designing a new phone or computer game these days.

  10. tchannon says:

    Updated to include a brief talk by Wallis and a link to his autogyro web site where you can read an obituary and biography.