Today in Aviation History: May 24, 1930 – Amy Johnson becomes the first woman to fly from England to Australia.

Johnson achieved worldwide recognition when, in 1930, she became the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia. Flying her “Jason” Gipsy Moth, she left Croydon, south of London, on 5 May of that year and landed in Darwin, Northern Territory on 24 May after flying 11,000 miles (18,000┬ákm). Her aircraft for this flight can still be seen in the Science Museum in London. She received the Harmon Trophy as well as a CBE in recognition of this achievement, and was also honoured with the No. 1 civil pilot’s licence under Australia’s 1921 Air Navigation Regulations.[6]

Courtesy of Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amy_Johnson

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