|Pete B - Moderator||03/09/2013 21:59:18|
7674 forum posts
Very sad news that Ken Wallis has passed away, aged 97.
One of the great British aviators, an inspiration to many aeromodellers and a character to boot, he'll be missed.
|Chris Bott - Moderator||03/09/2013 22:02:46|
6843 forum posts
Oh that is sad news Pete. One of aviations amazing characters.
|Tony Bennett||03/09/2013 22:06:14|
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good age though.
oh to have done a 1/4 of the things he has managed.
|Steve Hargreaves - Moderator||03/09/2013 22:10:24|
6765 forum posts
Sad news indeed.........
May he rest in peace....
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Great Man and he will be missed. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
|Tom Wright 2||03/09/2013 22:29:02|
3908 forum posts
A great loss to the Auto gyro world . Probably the last of the true UK pioneers that have made such a significant contribution to keeping the autogyros in the public eye, and applying his talent and engineering skills to new developments.
Most of all a true gentleman .
931 forum posts
A paltry little item just this minute on the TV news!
A sad loss to many ares of interest.
|Biggles' Elder Brother - Moderator||03/09/2013 22:39:52|
15748 forum posts
Very sad to hear that. I will always remember the fantastic bit of in-flight video where he demonstrated the stability of the autogyro by sitting side saddle with his legs crossed on a sort of micro-light version with his hands off the controls! Brilliant.
|Concorde Speedbird||03/09/2013 22:40:04|
2735 forum posts
I am very sad to hear this. A true pioneering aviator, maybe the last, doing what he loved for all of his life. Not only a great asset to aviation but a great asset to the world, he will be remembered.
|Lindsay Todd||03/09/2013 22:53:56|
1754 forum posts
Indeed a true pioneer, will be sadly missed and fondly remembered. Linds
|Terry Walters||04/09/2013 07:06:20|
1829 forum posts
That is sad news - a real gentleman and a great aviator in the true sense.
|Ade Eades (Eadsie)||04/09/2013 07:39:25|
108 forum posts
What an amazing chap he was, had a great life too, will be missed,
|Peter Miller||04/09/2013 08:04:34|
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Fantastic man. I read his autobiography and you just wnder how one man can do so much.
|Alan Wood||04/09/2013 09:40:01|
28 forum posts
RIP. I met him once, a truely great man.
|alan p||04/09/2013 09:48:00|
|285 forum posts|
Very sad news an inspirational man not many left. Sad when we have to listen to hours of waffle when a so called celebritary dies yet a deafening silence when outstanding people like Ken Wallis pass away.
|Mark Agate||04/09/2013 12:04:59|
146 forum posts
It's a bit of a shame the BBC News story is titled "James Bond stunt pilot dies", when he was so much more besides!
|Colin Leighfield||04/09/2013 13:17:30|
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He seemed to be one of those people who would go on for ever. I'm very sad to hear that we've finally lost him. What will happen now to his private air-force of autogyros? Most people aren't aware either of his amazing career with the RAF before and during WW2. That alone is a great story. Let's hope that one of the TV companies recognises what an interesting subject his life and achievements would make for a feature programme. Fingers crossed.
|Olly P||04/09/2013 14:18:57|
3215 forum posts
3 cheers for the Wng Cmdr
I would say rest in peace, but Wng Cmdr Wallis will want to do anything but rest!
|Danny Fenton||04/09/2013 15:08:22|
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Very sad news indeed, condolences to his family and friends
|ken anderson.||04/09/2013 16:56:21|
8749 forum posts
all the above from me also.........
ken anderson ne...1........
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