Day: January 4, 2020

January 4, 1967 – A fatal speed record attempt
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January 4, 1967 – A fatal speed record attempt

On the morning of January 4, 1967, Donald Malcolm Campbell was racing across the top of Coniston Water in the Lake District, England, in an attempt to break the water-speed record in his craft, Bluebird K7. After a successful, if yet bumpy, first run, Campbell decided to skip refueling and turned the boat around to immediately tackle the necessary second run that would solidify a new record. About 230 kilometers from the end of the measured kilometer, Bluebird flew into the air and almost completed a somersault before slamming into the water and breaking apart. Recovery crews were unable to locate Campbell at the time.  Campbell with Bluebird K7. By Paul Allonby Campbell was a speed veteran. He was the first, and to date, is the only person to ever break the land speed and wate...