Amy Johnson CBE, (1 July 1903 – 5 January 1941) was a pioneering English aviatrix. Flying solo or with her husband, Jim Mollison, Johnson set numerous long-distance records during the 1930s. Johnson flew in the Second World War as a part of the Air Transport Auxiliary where she died during a ferry flight.
'Aviatrix' how about that! what a fabulous word!
I have always loved this picture of her, its an iconic pose..
And this delightful cream enamel thing, was her classy little compact.
Amy was born in 1903 very near to my house, which was built that same year.
I guess its because I used to fly for a living, but Amy Johnson, Karen Blixen, Beryl Markham and Amelia Earhart have long been my heroines.
They were fiesty females who lived their lives and took on jobs in a male environment and did exceptionally well.
Beryl Markham and the fascinating Karen Blixen both lived in Kenya, a place that I really like...although Karen was not a pilot, she was emotionally involved in that early, flying by the seat of your pants, era.