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Press Release


Campbell’s Bluebird to Dip Her Toes in Scottish Loch.



A mere thirty minute ferry ride from Glasgow lies the Isle of Bute, an exquisite, cookie-cut piece of premium Scotland in all its beauty dropped into the Clyde within easy reach and the location of many an enjoyable fishing and diving holiday for Bluebird Project leader, Bill Smith.

Rich in heritage – Ettrick Bay on its west coast was the site of the first powered flight in Scotland and the training ground for soldiers destined for the D-Day landings whilst the midget submarine X-Craft, aimed at battleship Tirpitz, limbered up on the other side of the island in Rothesay Bay. But, most importantly for the Bluebird Project, is the mile and a half of flat, secluded water striking through the middle of the isle – Loch Fad.

Bluebird K7 – Donald Campbell’s legendary jet hydroplane, in build for the past ten years, is now almost complete and ready to take to the water once more. Her long anticipated resurrection, upon which she will again run at speed for demonstration purposes before going on public display, awaits only an invitation to operate on a suitable waterway with Coniston Water being the team’s first choice. But before that she must be thoroughly worked back to fighting fitness along with her operating team.

After considering various UK bodies of water, the Bluebird Project team decided that Loch Fad would be the ideal location for our crew training exercise. We are thrilled that, after extensive consultation with a wide range of stakeholders on the island, agreement was reached to travel to Bute in August 2018, with assistance from the British Army, to get Bluebird K7 waterborne again and under her own power for the first time in over half a century as an integral part of bringing this iconic craft, along with her historic, educational and inspirational value back to the forefront of the public conscience.

Notes to Editors.

Bluebird K7 has been in-build since December 2008 and Loch Fad will be the first time she has been afloat and under her own power since the morning of January 4th 1967
Contacts – BBP
Office 0191 2964295 We will be available for phone interviews for most of the day and for filming, etc. after 15:00

Contacts – Mount Stuart Trust
Mr Colin Boag. 01700 503877

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What a great story. Thanks for posting.

 

I had forgotten all about Bluebird until I opened this thread, but it brought back memories of what I recall in the '50's, i.e., a small toy model of the Bluebird that I had WAY back then!  None of the images I googled to bring that memory into better focus seemed quite right, but am certain I had one.

 

I also grew up in Owensboro, Kentucky, which was in the late '60's and '70's a hub of hydroplane racing, so I know the pull of sound, water, and speed.  See, e.g.,  ...

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBKFvjsTrRY

 

It may be coming back to Owensboro, too ...

 

https://www.facebook.com/TheHydroNews/posts/1637771259594279

 

Bill

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What a great story. Thanks for posting.

 

I had forgotten all about Bluebird until I opened this thread, but it brought back memories of what I recall in the '50's, i.e., a small toy model of the Bluebird that I had WAY back then!  None of the images I googled to bring that memory into better focus seemed quite right, but am certain I had one.

 

I also grew up in Owensboro, Kentucky, which was in the late '60's and '70's a hub of hydroplane racing, so I know the pull of sound, water, and speed.  See, e.g.,  ...

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NBKFvjsTrRY

 

It may be coming back to Owensboro, too ...

 

https://www.facebook.com/TheHydroNews/posts/1637771259594279

 

Bill

The Bluebird name was used on several boats and cars so maybe your toy was of one of those perhaps Sir Malcolm Campbells K4 ?http://www.bluebird-electric.net/bluebird_history/bluebird_k_4_hydroplane_boat.htm

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Terrific story! I've been fascinated by LSR since seeing Craig Breedlove's "Spirit of America" on exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. Living on the Ohio River as a boy, it was quite a thrill when the Unlimited Hydroplane racing came around.

 

I don;t remember the Ohio ever being glassy-smooth as a Scottish loch on a gentle morning . . . :o

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I remember seeing the crash on the news when I was a kid.  

 

I also remember seeing Breedlove's Sonic 1 displayed at one of the local Goodyear stores.

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Latest update from the project website

 

"We plan to travel to Bute on 03 August and return on the 17th. That's a Friday to a Friday. The army is doing our transport, route improvement, installing the slipway, etc. and we'll be based at Loch Fad Fishery. Everyone is welcome."

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Im off up to windermere next week for a hol- in a lovely imaginary world they’d be tearing up coniston while i’m there... oh well

Hope they get a good do on bute- sounds like a hell of a lot of work has gone into the build.

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