Meet Amy Johnson: Female pilot who made history after Cape Town landing

Meet Amy Johnson: Female pilot who made history after Cape Town landing

- On this day in history, female pilot Amy Johnson flew to South Africa from England

- This solo trip broke a record as she arrived in a very short period of time

- She continued to break more records before her eventual demise while flying

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On this day in 1932, a female pilot successfully landed in Cape Town after a solo flight in record time. Amy Johnson beat her own previous record by over ten hours.

Johnson qualified as a pilot from the London Aeroplane Club in 1929. She bought a second-hand aircraft and became the first woman to fly solo from Britain to Australia.

Meet Amy Johnson: Female pilot who made history after Cape Town landing

Meet Amy Johnson: Female pilot who made history after Cape Town landing
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She continued on her record-breaking streak in 1931 when she and a co-pilot became the first to fly from London to Russia in one day. They did the same for their flight from England to Japan.

Johnson then attempted a solo flight from England to Cape Town, which she completed in July 1932. She did it again on 18 November 1932, where she managed to beat her own previous record.

She took a break from the record-breaking flights for a period of time before resuming the trips with her husband. Johnson and her husband Jim Mollison flew non-stop from Wales to the United States.

However, the ill-fated aeroplane ran out of fuel and crashed in Conneticut - they were both injured. The crash did not deter them, however as they resumed flying. The pair broke another record when they flew from Britain to Indian.

Amy's final history-making flight was back to South Africa in 1936.

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In 1940, Johnson was caught in a bad storm while on a flight. This caused her to steer the aircraft off course. She managed to escape the plane before it crashed but unfortunately drowned. Her body was never found.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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