Amy's epic flight, May 1930: The first woman to fly solo from England to Australia
Amy set out from Croydon on Monday the 5th May 1930 and arrived in Darwin Australia on Saturday 24th May after
a journey that had taken 19 and a half days.
The life of the legendary Amy Johnson
When the wheels of the travel-stained Gipsy Moth, Jason, bumped down on the tussocky paddock of what passed for an airfield at the Fannie Bay racecourse, near Darwin, on May 24th 1930, a legend was born. That a woman could enter into what was hitherto a male-dominated profession and complete a solo flight in an open-cockpit biplane over a distance of 11,000 miles in nineteen days, amazed the world. The fact that she was not a natural-born pilot and quite an inexperienced one at that, only added to the admiration that people felt for the bravery that she had shown in traversing deserts, jungles and shark-infested seas without the help of radio or navigational aids, items that would be deemed essential today. This unknown slip of a girl was to become an international star and icon, She was idolised to the extent that songs were written about her; infant girls were named after her, schools, roads, and airports and even a rose. More importantly, the public took her to their hearts.