Amy Johnson's Logbook

Ten Years Records of Flights

This Yorkshire World Collections object was one of 100 chosen by young people aged 16-24, as part of the London Cultural Olympiad programme Stories of the World.

Amy Johnson is the most famous woman involved in the extraordinary growth of aviation that took place in the 1930s and which led to the Global Village of today. Her appeal stretches far beyond her native Kingston-upon-Hull and she remains an internationally significant figure even 70 years after her unfortunate death. 

On 5 January 1941, while flying an Airspeed Oxford for the Air Transport Auxiliary from Blackpool to RAF Kidlington near Oxford, Amy Johnson went off course in adverse weather conditions. Reportedly out of fuel, she drowned after bailing out into the Thames Estuary. Although she was seen alive in the water, a rescue attempt failed and her body was never recovered.

Amy is now remembered for being the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia. She accomplished this feat in 19˝ days during May 1930, in a rickety Gipsy Moth biplane, capable of 85mph at best. Most remarkably, before this 10,000 mile epic, her previous longest flight had been only a couple of hundred miles. Amongst her many rewards was a CBE.

Amy's log book covers the period 1928-1938. It is covered with blue fabric and contains pages filled with the date, time, journey details and number of hours flown. It includes entries for Amy Johnson’s flight to Australia. The log book also contains a record of her licence and the date it expired, as well as the date of her last medical.

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