Pilot Amy Johnson in her aeroplane wearing leather jacket, helmet and goggles


Jul 01 2024

Minerva Scientifica Birthday Celebrations – Amy Johnson

1st July 2024
Amy Johnson
Aeronautical Engineer & Pilot
BORN 1st July 1903, Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

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PODCAST SERIES Episode 6: A Magnificent Woman
“Women of Science & Music: 30 celebrations”

Amy Johnson standing by the front of her aeroplane after flying from England to Australia

Amy Johnson (1903 – 1941) is our Magnificent Woman – an Aeronautical Engineer and World Famous Pilot, who first came to attention when she flew from England to Australia single handed. Her blazing career included daredevil flying in air shows, modelling, fashion and her final phase, which led to her early death, was when she was working for the Air Transport Auxiliary ferrying aircraft between airfields in the UK. The image shows Amy Johnson standing by the front of her aeroplane after flying from England to Australia – with thanks to the Science Museum

Dr Patricia Fara – Science Historian and Emeritus Fellow of Clare College Cambridge

“Bats Moths and Biplanes”  by Frances M Lynch for 5 singers, bat clicks, Bi-plane engines and natural sounds; words by Frances M Lynch, zoologist Doris Mackinnon (from “Animals World”) and from information gleaned from Wildlife Conservationist Debbie Samwell and Ecologist Mischa Cross; performed by electric voice theatre singers  Jenny Miller, Margaret Cameron, David Sheppard, Julian Stocker, Gwion Thomas & the composer: produced by Herbie Clarke
1st performed online for Brixworth Music Festival in May 2020 and was  inspired by  Sywell Aerodrome Women’s Meeting of 1931 and by the wildlife close by at Pitsford Water Nature Reserve and Brixworth Country Park.   (click on the blue button below to listen) 

To find out more about Amy Johnson please go to her page on the Minerva Scientifica Website https://minervascientifica.co.uk/amy-johnson/

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