2016 is the 75th anniversary of the death of Amy Johnson, Hull’s flying heroine. Born in Hull in 1903, Amy Johnson CBE was one of the most influential and inspirational women of the twentieth century. She was the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia and set a string of other records throughout her career.

During the 1920s and 1930s aviation was dominated by the rich and famous and most female pilots were titled women such as Lady Heath, the Duchess of Bedford and Lady Bailey. But Amy was the first woman to gain a ground engineer’s “C” licence and, whilst working as a secretary, she took flying lessons. In 1929 she was awarded her pilot’s licence and just a year later set of solo for Australia!

Amy Johnson Festival will mark this anniversary and celebrate Amy’s life, achievements and legacy with an ambitious international programme of the arts and engineering sciences appealing to all interests and ages.

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Subject - Hull born pioneer aviator, Amy Johnson
Date - 25/3/1931
Caption - Amy Johnson left Hedon for London in her "Jason II".

Words - Amy Johnson, CBE - Born on St Georges Road in Hull in 1 July 1903 - died 5 January 1941
Was a pioneering English aviator and was the first female pilot to fly alone from Britain to Australia in a de Havilland DH60 Gypsy Moth she called Jason - G-AAAH. She left Croydon, south of London, on 5 May of that year and landed in Darwin, Northern Territory, on 24 May after flying 11,000 miles (18,000 km). Her aircraft for this flight can still be seen in the Science Museum in London.
 Flying solo or with her husband, Jim Mollison, she set numerous long-distance records during the 1930s. She married Mollison in 1932, they divorced in 1938. 
She flew in the Second World War as a part of the Air Transport Auxiliary and died during a ferry flight. On 5 January 1941, while flying an Airspeed Oxford for the ATA from Prestwick via Blackpool to RAF Kidlington near Oxford, Johnson went off course in adverse weather conditions. Reportedly out of fuel, she bailed out as her aircraft crashed into the Thames Estuary.

Hullywood Studios Presents…..Virtual Amy!

Virtual Amy From Friday 26 August onwards Hull Central Library Computer scientists at the University of Hull have brought two of the city’s most famous heroes back to ‘life’ with blockbusting technology. Digital 3D versions of Amy Johnson and William Wilberforce have being created using the same techniques as a Hollywood film, resulting in life-sized interactive projections and […]


Jason Lands in Hull at Last (well, sort of!)

  The Amy Johnson Festival and Hull History Centre are delighted to announce that a replica of Hull aviatrix Amy Johnson’s de Havilland Gipsy Moth Jason is now on display at the History Centre. The Science Museum in London has loaned this 1/72 scale replica of Jason, and although it is not actually Jason, the […]

March 1931:  British Aviatrix Amy Johnson (1903 - 1941) and British actress Anna Neagle (1904 - 1986) at the opening of the speedboat season.  (Photo by Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Queen of Air: Joe Kriss and Annie Watson

Working on the creation of ‘Queen of Air’ was an amazing experience. It begun with research, reading Madge Gillie’s excellent biography and discovering Amy spent her student years in Sheffield living 5 minutes round the corner from my house which helped bring her alive to me. Its an incredible story. One of the key things […]