1930: Amy Johnson
Queen of the Skies
Born in England, Amy Johnson was one of the most courageous pilots of her time. She set many records, including being the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia, in 1930.
Amy set many other records, both by herself and with her aviator husband Jim Mollison.
Here is some movie footage about Amy…
Amy Johnson and her Gypsy Moth aircraft, in India, 1930. She called her plane “Jason”.
This map shows her 1930 England-Australia flight. Each yellow dot is a landing for fuel.
(This map and heaps more about Amy can be found at the UK Science Museum website)
- 1929: Pilot’s licence
- 1929: Ground Engineer licence
(first woman in UK)
- 1930: England to Australia
(first woman, solo)
- 1931: London to Moscow(first in 1 day)
- 1931: England to Japan(record)
- 1932: London to Capetown, South Africa (solo record)
- 1934: England to India (record, with JM)
- 1936: England to South Africa (solo record)
- 1939-41: Air Transport Command pilot incomplete