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Johnson, Amy

Born: 1903 AD
Died: 1941 AD
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1903 – Amy Johnson was born on July 1st in the family home on St Georges Road in Hull.

1929 – Amy’s interest in all things aeronautical led to her gaining her pilot’s license in July. Unable to make a living from being a pilot she became the first woman in the UK to become an Air Ministry qualified ground engineer.

1930 – On 5th May, Amy set off from Croydon Aerodrome on her epic endeavour. There was not much interest in the journey with only her father and a few others to see her off.

         – A combination of mechanical problems and bad weather meant that she failed to break the record. She took 19 days, landing in Darwin Australia on Saturday 24th May. Although she did not break the record she became the first woman to fly solo to Australia.

1931 – First pilot to fly from London to Moscow in one day, flying the 1,760 miles in approximately 21 hours.

         – Moscow to Tokyo in 10 days.

1932 – New world record for solo flight from London to Cape Town.

1933 – Attempted non stop flight east to west across the Atlantic with her husband . They crashed due to running out of fuel at Bridgeport, Connecticut.

1936 – Regained her London to Cape Town record.

1940 – She enlisted in the Air Transport Auxiliary flying aircraft from factories to RAF airbases.

1941 – On January 5th, Amy Johnson took off in thick, freezing fog from Blackpool airport. She was on a routine flight to deliver an aeroplane to an RAF base in Kidlington, Oxfordshire.

         – Amy’s body was never recovered.

2.8 (56%) 20 votes