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Death of Amy Johnson

Posted in Anniversary, Aviation, Transport on Saturday, 25 December 2010

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James Mollison and Amy Johnson. Illustration by James E. McConnell

5 January marks the anniversary of the death of aviator Amy Johnson in 1941. Born in Kingston upon Hull in 1903, she graduated from the University of Sheffield with a B.A. in economics before working as a solicitor’s secretary in London. Interested in flying, she earned her pilot’s license in 1929 and then went on to become the first woman to fly solo from Britain to Australia. She and her husband, James Mollison, set numerous long-distance and fastest time records in the 1930s.

Johnson was a member of the Air Transport Auxiliary during the war and was killed during a flight transporting aircraft from Blackpool to Oxford. Off course, she bailed out and landed in the Thames Estuary, where she died.

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Amy Johnson’s Gypsy Moth (nicknamed ‘Jason’) in which she flew to Australia

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