Black plaque № 10763 in Rustington

In commemoration of world air speed records set up off shore opposite this point on 7 Sep 1946 and 7 Sep 1953.
This commemorative stone honours two world air speed records.
The first record was set in 1946 by Group Captain E.M. Donaldson, DSO, AFC flying a Gloster Meteor F4, type EE549 at an average speed of just over 616 miles per hour.
The second record was set in 1953 by Squadron Leader Neville Duke, DSO, OBE, DFC and two bars, AFC, flying a Hawker Hunter MK3, type WB188 (RR Avon engine) at a speed of 727.63 miles per hour.
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