Bluebird Coniston2018-12-18T18:34:03+00:00

Donald Campbell’s Bluebird K7 Returns to Coniston on 19th July 2019

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Bluebird Proving Trials Scheduled for 19-28 July 2019

Bluebird K7, the iconic jet-powered hydroplane, is set to return to the Lake District and her spiritual home, Coniston Water, where Donald Campbell piloted her to four world water speed records, before his fatal attempt to break the 300mph barrier there, on 4 January 1967.

Bluebird was recovered from the lake bed in March 2001 by Bill Smith and his team, who have since painstakingly and comprehensively restored her, over the course of the past 17 years, to the exact appearance and operable condition that she was in on the morning of the crash.

Following crew training on the Isle of Bute in August 2018, she will now be ready for Proving Trials on Coniston Water. These trials are scheduled for 19-28 July 2019, and it is anticipated that the relaunch of Bluebird K7, where she made history, will attract huge interest from around the globe, bringing many visitors to Coniston, where a festival of events is planned, with Bluebird K7 as its centrepiece.

Following these trials and decommissioning, Bluebird K7 will be ready to go into the purpose-built Bluebird Wing of the Ruskin Museum, in the heart of the village where Donald Campbell is buried and where this beautiful, historic craft can be admired at close quarters.

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