Amy Johnson

    Amy Johnson was the first female pilot to fly alone from Britain to Australia, which she achieved at the age of 26. Her flying career began in 1928 and other triumphs included becoming the first female ground engineer licensed by the Air Ministry, and being awarded the C.B.E. for her flying achievements.

    All her accomplishments were well recognised at the time. Not only was she formally acknowledged by dignitaries, but also received much public interest, becoming a celebrity of the day.

    Many of the artefacts and records associated with Amy Johnson have been donated to museums. This exhiblet draws on objects from the collections of the Science Museum in London, Sewerby Hall in the East Riding of Yorkshire Museum Service and the Royal Air Force Museum at Hendon. The aeroplane which Johnson used on her solo flight to Australia, Jason, a De Havilland Gipsy Moth, resides in the Science Museum’s collection and is on display in the Flight Gallery.

    Other personal items of Amy Johnson's can be seen in the museum at Sewerby Hall, Yorkshire. This collection contains over 130 objects and was donated by the Johnson family in 1958. The most notable items to be given were the pilot’s logbook, dated 1928-1938, and a leather bag recovered after her death.

    The Royal Air Force Museum at Hendon also has a collection of documents and artefacts relating to Amy Johnson’s life from her birth certificate to documents describing the winding up of her estate. It includes flying licences, log books, publications, memorials, honours and awards. Complementing these are personal papers, photographs and contemporary publications.

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