41 years ago today Donald Campbell lost his life in an attempt to break the world water speed record. Ken Norris, one of the Bluebird's designers, claimed that the accident was caused by engine failure.
One safeguard against Bluebird's nose lifting dangerously high was the thrust from the jet engine, which helped counter the lift. However, the thrust dramatically reduced in the seconds before the crash, causing the craft's nose to rise further.
He reached an unofficial speed of 330mph before throttling back the engine to slow down. As speed decreased Bluebird suddenly lifted up, nose first, rose into the air and somersaulted, before sinking. Norris said: "On the first run it was beautiful, absolutely steady. On the return run we had to contend with the wash from the boat itself, the slight swell and the wake from the water brake which he had used to slow down on the first run.
Campbell had tried to use the boat's water brake, a hydraulic ram that extended six inches below the craft when activated, however by the time the water brake was fully activated Bluebird had already become airborne, rendering it useless.
The answer to Cam's latin question is 'The Picard'. Loved the Mintakans....