Meet Little Nellie

Taking to the air with Little Nellie

Is this the ultimate Q gadget? James Bond uses a Wallis autogyro, nicknamed Little Nellie, in You Only Live Twice (1967) in an attempt to locate Blofeld’s rocket base from the air. Real life Wing Commander Ken Wallis designed this unusual machine in the early 1960s. Unlike a helicopter, only the autogyro’s rear engine provides power during flight. Once airborne the top rotor spins freely due to the force of the air.

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