The legacy of Row over Bluebird divides Donald Campbell's admirers

SHe said The Telegraph: "It would be great to take her around the world and show her that would be the right way to perpetuate my father's results – to inspire people to establish their own documents.

"If the children could see Bluebird in all its magnificence, they could inspire them to become engineers, scientists, pilots and record printers and it would be wonderful."

Mrs. Campbell had initially supported the museum's plan, but changed her mind after seeing the restored Bluebird unveiled for the first time at Loch Fad, on the Isle of Bute, Scotland, last August.

"When I saw Bluebird running at Bute, I realized it's a living thing and breathing and it would be wrong to take it away to a museum," he said. "I thought it should be held in Coniston, which is obviously his spiritual home and that's where my father is buried in the cemetery there.

"But the public will not be able to see it in large numbers there, it must be shown to events around the world."

Mrs. Campbell was just 17 when they told her that her father's K7 crashed and sunk as she tried to set a new record of daring speed, receiving news of her death at age 45 while she worked abroad in a ski station.

The incident came while Campbell was attempting to break his water speed record of 276.33 miles at the time set three years earlier.

The severely damaged aircraft lay on Coniston Water's bed until it was lifted in 2001 by Bill Smith, an engineer who led the restoration of Bluebird's Bluebird Project Team in his laboratory in Newcastle Upon Tyne.