Ann Welch Named Lecture was established in 2006 to honour the life and work of one of the most outstanding personalities in aviation. The Ann Welch Lecture was established in 2006 to honour the life and work of one of the most outstanding personalities in aviation. Her achievements in gliding, and in pioneering hang gliding and microlighting in the UK, together with writing about all aspects of aviation that affect general aviation pilots, and encouraging young people into flying, has been an inspiration to many.
About the speaker:
Wg Cdr Kenneth Wallis MBE, Owner, Wallis Autogyros
Between 1968 and 2002 Ken set 17 World Records in two Classes of autogyro - 34 in all - and many are still held by him, including the speed record of 129 mph. Ken has appeared in several major feature films and countless television documentaries but his most famous was when doubling as James Bond in "You Only Live Twice". Here he flew his own autogyro design - dubbed "Little Nellie" in the film - and dramatically dispatched all the enemy helicopters sent up to intercept him by employing a vast range of authentic weaponry.