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.

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 […]


Moth Yarnbomb Takes Hold!

You might have noticed something a little different about our Aviatrix Moth down at Hull History Centre today – she’s been well and truly yarnbombed by those cheeky ninjas at The Little Wicker Basket and we think she looks amazing! If you’re not entirely sure what yarnbombing is, well, it’s a kind of non-permenant graffiti […]


The Wind and the Weather: Matheson Marcault

Our new game, The Wind and the Weather, is an interactive story about Amy Johnson. Our game was commissioned by the Amy Johnson Festival,  as part of their series of twelve new writing commissions exploring different aspects of Amy’s life. It takes ten or fifteen minutes to play, and focuses on the last few hours of Johnson’s journey. This […]