Remembering Donald Campbell, 50 years on

This year marks half a century since Donald Campbell died in the jet-powered hydroplane Bluebird K7. He was attempting to break the water speed record he’d set in Australia three years earlier. Campbell was pushing for 480km/h to break his Lake Dumbleyung record when he crashed spectacularly on Lake Coniston in the north of England on January 4, 1967. It was estimated Campbell was travelling at 528km/h when disaster struck. The 50th anniversary of Campbell’s death was marked this year with a series of events in Coniston, attended by Campbell’s daughter Gina, herself a water-speed champion.