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Biography of Sir Donald Malcolm Campbell (1921-1967)


Famous cars and motorboats British pilot. On 23 March the year 1921, born in Morley, County of Surrey (England), and died on 4 January of the year 1967, in the Coniston Lake, County of Lancashire (England), in a tragic accident while trying to beat the world record of speed over water which he had held since 1964.

Of Constitution weak and suffering from a severe rheumatic condition that would affect the heart, the young Campbell not was obliged to abandon his dream of emulating the feats of his father, sir Malcolm Campbell, dedicated since ancient attempts at beat records aboard the legendary car Bluebird (Blue Bird). Educated at the University of Uppington, Donald graduated with bright notes in Botany, another of his passions. But the familiar example and their eagerness to participate in few races had made that Campbell achieved to overcome their physical limitations and undertake a glorious career of success breaking all existing speed records up to date, both on land and in water. With the legendary Bluebird inherited from his father, Campbell spent more than one million pounds in profound improvements in vehicle, until he finished the prototype, which was baptized with the name Bluebird II, driven by turbines to gas as the jets, created by specialist of Coventry with Rolls Royce engines.

On 23 July the year 1955, Campbell improved the world record of speed over water that had his father, establishing the astounding mark of 325 km/h, in Lake Ullswater, in Cumberland, record that would spray five times in a row to leave it in the 444 km/h, December 31 of the year 1964, the Dumbleyung Lake (Australia). That same year, on 17 July, on the shores of the Lake Eyre (Australia), Campbell beat the legendary brand of speed in land that had his own father, reaching the incredible speed of 649 km/h on board the prototype Bluebird II, to which was added an aeronautics Proteus gas turbine from the year 1935.

In its effort to overcome and loop the loop of the impossible, Campbell tried a new attack on his own record in water, on 4 January of the year 1967. But, when he was on the run at the speed of 480 km/h, suddenly the machine rose bow, several circling in the air on its own axis, until it exploded in the air, destroying the British pilot. In the year 1959, Campbell was appointed Knight of the order of the British Empire.


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