September 4, 2013 - Kenneth Wallis who played as
James Bond stunt pilot for Sean Connery in the
movie “You Only Live Twice” died at the aged of
His eldest daughter, Vicky Wallis said "He had a
great long and successful life. He died
peacefully at 3 AM on Sunday and I was at his
bedside. He led a wonderful life and I'm sure
most of us could only hope to live for so long
and to fill our time with so many experiences
Wallis was born April 26, 1916 in Ely, England.
Wallis began his long and distinguished aviation
career in 1942, as a bomber pilot for the Royal
Air Force (RAF) flying the Vickers Wellington, a
British twin-engine, long range medium bomber.
In 1956, part of an exchange program with the
U.S. and the Uk Wallis was assigned to the U.S.
Strategic Air Command in Italy were he flew the
Convair B-36 "Peacemaker" a strategic bomber.
The B-36 was the largest mass-produced piston
engine aircraft ever made. The aircraft had six
piston engines and four auxiliary jet engines.
It had the longest wingspan of any combat
aircraft ever built, 230 feet.
Wallis left the RAF in 1964, at which time he
and his cousin Geoffrey started a company,
Wallis Autogyros Limited. In which the company
was involved in research and development and
An autogyro also known as gyroplane, gyrocopter,
or rotaplane, is a type of rotorcraft which uses
an unpowered rotor in autorotation to develop
lift, and an engine-powered propeller, similar
to that of a fixed-wing aircraft, to provide