Amy Johnson: Queen of the Skies

 

Britain’s Amy Johnson is one of the most renowned aviatrixes of all time. Malcolm V Lowe tells the enduring story of this famous flying female on the 80th anniversary of her death

 

The de Havilland DH.84 Dragon I G-ACCV named ‘Seafarer’, in which Amy Johnson and Jim Mollison flew the Atlantic from Wales to the east coast of the US in July 1933
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During the 1930s, a number of aviators became celebrities and nationally recognised figures in the way that footballers or television stars might be today. Among the individuals achieving headline-making accomplishments were several female pilots whose exploits advanced the status of women in the decidedly masculine world of aviation. Especially prominent among the most celebrated in this diverse selection of individuals was British pilot Amy Johnson. Her exploits became legendary in the years leading up to World War Two, and her tragic demise still courts controversy and debate even today.

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