VIDEO: Cameras recovered in Northamptonshire show Action Man on the edge of space... before plummeting to earth

Major Tom - an Action Man sent to the stratosphere attached to a weather balloon - parachuted back to earth on Sunday evening. But he has not been seen since landing in Northamptonshire.

Major Tom - an Action Man sent to the stratosphere attached to a weather balloon - parachuted back to earth on Sunday evening. But he has not been seen since landing in Northamptonshire.

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A missing Action Man’s downed craft has been recovered from a field in Northamptonshire following a week-long search... but the pilot is still nowhere to be seen.

On Sunday, June 26, extreme photographer Chris Hillcox and toy fanatic Rob Wisdom, attached a vintage Action Man doll to a weather balloon as part of a crowdfunded bid to send him to the edge of space.

They had raised £3,000 for the mission, timed to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the launch of the classic toy.

But they only recovered part of his craft from a field in Creaton and it was believed the doll itself - christened Major Tom - had been stolen.

Organisers put up a £200 reward for the return of the craft and the GoPro cameras attached to it.

Though the search was close to be being called off at the end of last week, on Sunday a farmer in Brixworth recovered the cameras and Major Tom’s specially built space capsule.

Guy Holt recovered the craft from a field between Brixworth and Spratton and got in touch with Mr Hillcox.

Guy Holt recovered the craft from a field between Brixworth and Spratton and got in touch with Mr Hillcox.

He had seen the press coverage about the search for the missing Action Man and got in touch with Mr Hillcox.

Sadly, Major Tom himself is still missing.

However, Mr Hiillcox said he was thrilled to have recovered the photos, showing the Hasbro toy drifting in the stratosphere - right before the balloon exploded

“The pictures are really great, it is amazing the camera survived the fall and is still in good working order,” he said.

Major Tom - an Action Man sent to the stratosphere attached to a weather balloon - parachuted back to earth on Sunday evening. But he has not been seen since landing in Northamptonshire.

Major Tom - an Action Man sent to the stratosphere attached to a weather balloon - parachuted back to earth on Sunday evening. But he has not been seen since landing in Northamptonshire.

Mr Hillcox says the footage gleaned from the camera also reveals how Major Tom came hurtling back to earth.

He said high winds had ripped apart the weather balloon and scattered the craft debris across Northamptonshire.

It means Major Tom himself, who was fitted with a specially designed space suit for the mission, could be very hard to locate.

“I think major Tom will turn up at some point,” Mr Hillcox said.” We will send mail out to farms around the Northampton area to ask them to get in touch if they spot anything.”

Major Tom - an Action Man sent to the stratosphere attached to a weather balloon - fell to earth last  week. But he has not been seen since landing in Northamptonshire.

Major Tom - an Action Man sent to the stratosphere attached to a weather balloon - fell to earth last week. But he has not been seen since landing in Northamptonshire.

On Friday, Mr Hillcox announced he and Mr Wisdom were planning a second mission in mid-July featuring their “spare” Action Man, Major Tim.

If you find Major Tom, you can call Mr Hillcox on 07783 903096.