Sir Malcolm Campbell, English sportsman and racer, c 1948-1949.
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The last photograph taken of Campbell (1885-1949) before his death. Campbell (in suit, centre right) and his team are posing alongside the first jet propelled 'Bluebird', which was powered by a De Haviland/Goblin engine. Campbell was the holder of both land and water speed records from 1927 onwards. In 1935 he became the first man to break 300 mph on land, reaching 301.1291 mph at Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah. In 1939 he achieved his fastest speed on water reaching 141.74 mph.