Record broken as gyros gather near Biggleswade

PUBLISHED: 11:03 14 June 2018

60 gyros gathered at Old Warden over the weekend, breaking last year's record. Picture; Ivor Linington

60 gyros gathered at Old Warden over the weekend, breaking last year's record. Picture; Ivor Linington

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A record-breaking gathering of autogyros was held over the weekend at Old Warden, near Biggleswade.

Vicky Wallis (right) and Laura de la Cierva at Saturday's mass gyro gathering. Picture: Ivor LiningtonVicky Wallis (right) and Laura de la Cierva at Saturday's mass gyro gathering. Picture: Ivor Linington

The event, held in association with the British Rotorcraft Association, saw 60 gyros land – breaking last year’s record of 47.

Leading the line of aircraft was ‘Little Nellie’ from the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice – with Vicky Wallis, the daughter of its designer Wing Commander Ken Wallis, in attendance.

Laura de la Cierva, the great-granddaughter of original gyro designer Juan de la Cierva, was also at Shuttleworth.

She placed stickers of her great-grandfather and his first prototype machine onto each gyro.

60 gyros gathered at Old Warden over the weekend, breaking last year's record. Picture; Ivor Linington60 gyros gathered at Old Warden over the weekend, breaking last year's record. Picture; Ivor Linington

Organiser Steve Paffett spoke to the Comet about the event, saying: There was an impressive turnout and the public at large really seemed to love the event.

“The highlight of the day was to see so many of one type of aircraft in one place and the camaraderie of the pilots.

“It was a privilege to have Laura and Vicky there as well.”

There’s another display at Old Warden this Saturday, when the Shuttleworth Collection holds its June Evening Airshow.

Vicky Wallis (left) and Laura de la Cierva sit in Steve Paffett's gyro, Big Nellie, alongside Little Nellie, used in the James Bond film You Only Live Twice and designed by Vicky's father, the late Ken Wallis. Picture: Ivor LiningtonVicky Wallis (left) and Laura de la Cierva sit in Steve Paffett's gyro, Big Nellie, alongside Little Nellie, used in the James Bond film You Only Live Twice and designed by Vicky's father, the late Ken Wallis. Picture: Ivor Linington

The gates open at 12 noon, and the flying starts at 6pm. Tickets are £18 for adults, with children getting in free – for more see shuttleworth.org.

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