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Your story (25 July) on Prestwick airport’s centenary brought back childhood memories of the tale of my mother’s cousin, who achieved a progressive altitude record for the RAF in 1937.

Flight Lieutenant Maurice J Adam did it in, I think, a Bristol 37 aircraft. My mum said he had to wear a sort of “diver’s helmet” breathing apparatus which, as a kid, I found amusing.

Sadly, Maurice was killed the following year when he and his co-pilot failed to clear trees at Farnborough.

And apart from promotion to Squadron Leader, all he was awarded was a George Cross medal.

DOUGLAS BAIN

Oxgangs Drive

Edinburgh