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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Maureen Lipman unveils new Amy statue

The grand finale of Amy Johnson Festival (except for the Big Moth Charity Auction next April) was the unveiling on Friday 30 September by Maureen Lipman of a beautiful bronze statue of Amy Johnson. Modelled and cast by sculptor Stephen Melton, the statue was a joint commission between Amy Johnson Festival Limited and Keepmoat Group, […]


Our on-line shop is open!

Delighted to announce that our on-line shop is now open for business. Most of the festival items are available here: our range of publications from the beautiful photobook, ‘Amy Johnson, A Life in Pictures’ to the graphic comic ‘Jason’ and the magnificent ‘Big Book of Moths’; the ever popular Moth for Amy acryllic badges and […]

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.

An Adieu from Amy!

We’re busy moving boxes and clearing out our office today – feel free to give us a hand if you’re passing Zebedee’s Yard – but the Festival still isn’t quite over.   A Life in Pictures: The Collected Photographs runs until September 27 at the Brynmor Jones Library at the University of Hull from 10.00am […]