Amy Johnson, a summary

Born, July 1st 1903, Kingston Upon Hull, England.

Died, January 5th 1941 (Age 37) Thames Estuary. Died on Crash landing, body never recovered.

Began flying as a hobby in Winter 1928 at the London Aeroplane Club, which quickly turned into a passion to prove the women could be just as capable in a male dominated field.

On July 6th 1929 she gained her pilots license. In the same year she qualified as the first British-Trained female ground engineer. [Could show her zipping up her flight jacket, jogging to her plane whilst clipping on her helmet and climbing in]

She set off alone from Croydon on 5th of May 1930, and landed in Darwin on 24th of May, a flight distance of 11,000 miles. The first woman to fly alone to Australia and returned to the UK a hero. (C.B.E (Most Excellent Award of the British Empire))[Could animate a dotted line going from Croydon to Darwin on a world map]

1940 – Second World War. Amy Johnson joined the Air Transport Auxiliary, whose job was to transport Royal Air Force aircraft around the country. She rose to the rank of First Officer.

January 5th 1941 – While flying an Airspeed Oxford for the ATA from Blackpool to RAF Kidlington (near Oxford) Johnson flew offcourse in the adverse weather conditions. Her plane out of fuel, she bailed out as it crashed into the Thames Estuary. The crew of HMS Haslmere attempted to rescue her, the heavy sea, strong tide and cold snow made for poor conditions. Lieutenant Commander Walter Fletcher died attempting to rescue her. Amy Johnson’s body was never recovered. She was the first member of the A.T.A. to die in service. [Could animate a 3/4 view of an airspeed oxford in rainy and black clouds, disapearing amongst thunder flashes]

Reasons for the flight remain a government secret, though in 1999 it was reported that Tom Mitchell of Crowborough Sussex, claimed to have shot Amy down when she twice-failed to give the correct identification code over the radio. His company assumed it was an enemy plane until the next day when the papers reported her crash. He was told by his superiors to keep it a secret.

Legacy: First woman to fly alone from UK to Australia, first British Trained ground engineer. Highly skilled pilot in a male dominated field. First member of the Air Transport Auxillary to die in service.


Idea to animate to each of these points.

Amy Johnson, a summary

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