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Francis Ronald Downs Swain
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Birth: Aug. 31, 1903
Death: Sep. 28, 1989

husband of Sarah Mitchell LeFevre Swain
Air Commodore Royal Air Force
In 1935, now with the rank of Squadron Leader, Swain became a test pilot in the experimental section at the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) where he was involved in the high-altitude experiments. Departing from Farnborough, Hampshire at 07:30 on 28 September 1936, Swain achieved the world altitude record with a height of 49,967 ft in a modified Bristol Type 138A. During his descent, his pressure suit failed causing him to lose visibility through his visor and find it difficult to breathe. He was forced to cut his visor open with his knife in order to maintain consciousness, eventually landing safely in Netheravon, Wiltshire at 10:30. 
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  Sarah Mitchell Lefevre Swain (1917 - 2010)*
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Saint Peter's Cemetery
Kent County
Delaware, USA
Created by: Bill Southam
Record added: Jun 04, 2002
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