December 9 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 4, 2013
A Norfolk airfield will celebrate the life of the admired Wing Commander Ken Wallis with a day-long event.
Old Buckenham Airfield will toast the aviation legend who died aged 97 on Sunday morning.
The former Wellington bomber pilot, who lived in Reymerston, near Dereham, was a key figure in the post-war development of the autogyro, which he flew as Sean Connery’s stunt double in the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice.
Formal tributes will be paid by several the Wing Commander’s friends and other commemorations at the event on Sunday September 29 as well as displays of machinery in honour of the legend.
Matt Wilkins, the airfield manager, described his life as “extraordinary” and said he was a giant of aviation, engineering, film, classic cars, boats and bikes.
“The airfield is pleased to invite as many people as possible to bring their aircraft and vehicles to the celebration. Those wishing to attend are asked to let the organisers know they are coming”, he said.
Arrangements will then be made to ensure that a diverse display of machinery, airborne and otherwise, will make the day a suitable tribute to a true legend.
To let the organisers know you will be attending and bringing an aircraft or vehicle, email: email@example.com