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Rescue / Recovery Boat returns to dock, Donald Campbell, Coniston Water, Lancashire

Rescue  /  Recovery Boat returns to dock, Donald Campbell, Coniston Water, Lancashire


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Rescue / Recovery Boat returns to dock, Donald Campbell, Coniston Water, Lancashire

Rescue / Recovery Boat returns to dock, Donald Campbell, Coniston Water, Lancashire, pictures taken on the day of his death, 4th January 1967.
Campbell was killed when Bluebird K7 flipped and disintegrated at a speed in excess of 300 mph (480 km/h)
Bluebird had completed a north-south run at an average of 297.6 mph (478.9 km/h), and a peak speed of 315 mph (507 km/h).
The second run was even faster; as K7 passed the start of the measured kilometre, she was travelling at over 320 mph (510 km/h).
However her stability had begun to break down and the front of the boat started to bounce out of the water on the starboard side. K7 lifted from the water at an ever increasing angle, before she took off at a 90-degree to the water surface.
She somersaulted and plunged back into the lake, nose first. The boat then cartwheeled across the water before coming to rest.
The impact broke Bluebird forward of the air intakes where Campbell was sitting, killing him instantly; the main hull sank shortly afterwards.
Donald Campbell remains the only person to set both world land and water speed records in the same year (1964)

Michael Brennan
Daily Herald
Mirrorpix
England

Media ID 21630689

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