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.