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Y: You Only Live Twice

Little Nellie.
video. Ken Wallace talks to the BBC's Mike Liggins -
find out how Little Nellie got her name
(1998: Real G2, 47")

Sean Connery played Bond in the 1967 film You Only Live Twice - but the star of the show was an autogyro called Little Nellie.

autogyro in flight.
Wing Cmdr Ken Wallis takes to the skies. Click to see video.

The machine was built and flown by Wing Cmdr Ken Wallis from Norfolk.

He made more than 80 flights for the sequence which lasts just minutes on film.

Wing Cmdr Wallis began experimenting with the machines in 1958 and his prototype, WA-116, had its maiden flight in 1961.

ken wallis.
Record breaker Ken Wallis

The machines have been used in aerial photography, military reconnaisance and even in the search for the Loch Ness monster.

Wing Cmdr Wallis is also the oldest pilot to set a world record (as recognised by the FAI). On March 19 1998, at age 81 years and 336 days, he had the fastest climb to 3000 metres in an autogyro over Norfolk.

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