Facts about Amy Johnson
Biography Summary: Amy Johnson was a famous British pilot who set a world record when she became the first female aviator to fly solo from Great Britain to Australia.
She received a hero's welcome when she returned to Great Britain having made the flight of 11,000 miles in just 19.5 days.
Amy Johnson was an incredible pilot who set many records during her lifetime. She joined the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War to help transport aircraft from factories to Royal Air Force bases.
Amy Johnson Fact Sheet: Who was Amy Johnson? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Amy Johnson, the famous British pilot.
Amy Johnson Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1903 – 1941 *** Full Name: Amy Johnson *** Date of Birth (Birthday): She was born on July 1st, 1903 *** Place of Birth: Amy Johnson was born in Kingston Upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England *** Family background: Her father was John William Johnson *** Early life and childhood: Amy Johnson grew up and spent the majority of her life in Kingston Upon Hull *** Education: Amy Johnson began her first flying lessons at the London Aeroplane Club *** Amy Johnson died on January 5th, 1941 ***
Amy Johnson Fact 1: Amy Johnson was born on July 1st, 1903 in Kingston Upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England.
Amy Johnson Fact 9: It took Amy Johnson just over 19 days to complete her solo flight from Britain to Australia. She made the journey in her own aircraft, the de Havilland DH.60 Moth. She left Croydon, England on May 5th, 1930 and landed safely in Australia on May 24th, 1930.
Amy Johnson Fact 10: When she returned to Great Britain, she received a hero's welcome. She was awarded with a CBE and the Harmon Trophy. She also earned the No. 1 civil pilot's license under Australia's 1921 Air Navigation Regulations.
Amy Johnson Fact 16: Following the outbreak of WWII in 1939, as Amy Johnson was an experienced aviator, she joined the Air Transport Auxiliary. Whilst serving for the Air Transport Auxiliary, she transported aircraft from factories to Royal Air Force bases.
Amy Johnson Fact 17: She died on January 5th, 1941 at the age of 37 years. The details surrounding her death remain a mystery as it happened during a flight that remains a government secret. Amy Johnson crashed into the Thames estuary and her body was never retrieved.
Amy Johnson Fact 18: Although her body was never recovered from the Thames, a memorial service was held in her honour on January 14, 1941 at St Martins in the Fields Church in Trafalgar Square. Amy Johnson was the first person from the Air Transport Auxiliary to die in active service.
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