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Amy Johnson (1903-1941), Airwoman

Amy Johnson (later Mollison)

Sitter in 24 portraits
Aviator. Johnson was brought up in Hull and graduated from Sheffield University in 1925. She learned to fly and qualified as a ground-engineer in 1929. The following year she flew solo to Australia in nineteen days, winning a £10,000 prize offered by the Daily Mail. This was followed by record-breaking flights to Tokyo via Siberia in nine days in 1931 and to Cape Town in 1932. She married the American pioneer aviator Jim Mollison in 1932. Together they flew to Karachi in 1934 and to the Cape and back in 1936. As a woman, she was ineligible to fly with the RAF in World War Two and joined the Air Transport Auxiliary. She was drowned after baling out of her Airspeed Oxford over the Thames Estuary.

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4201

Amy Johnson

by Sir John Longstaff
oil on canvas, circa 1930
On display in Room 31 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4201

x126240

Amy Johnson

published by Raphael Tuck & Sons
bromide postcard print, 1930
NPG x126240

x126241

Amy Johnson

published by Tit-Bits
bromide postcard print, 1930
NPG x126241

x126267

Amy Johnson; James Allan Mollison

by Albert Victor Swaebe
bromide press print, 1930
NPG x126267

x85650

Amy Johnson; James Allan Mollison

by Bassano Ltd
vintage print, 10 May 1932
NPG x85650

x81184

Amy Johnson

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 10 May 1932
NPG x81184

x81185

Amy Johnson

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 10 May 1932
NPG x81185

x81183

Amy Johnson

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 10 May 1932
NPG x81183

x81182

Amy Johnson; James Allan Mollison

by Bassano Ltd
whole-plate glass negative, 10 May 1932
NPG x81182

x126250

Amy Johnson

by Bassano Ltd
vintage print, 10 May 1932
NPG x126250

x126829

Amy Johnson

by John Capstack
toned bromide print on tissue and card mount, circa 1933-1935
NPG x126829

x85649

Amy Johnson; James Allan Mollison

by Bassano Ltd
vintage print, May 1936
NPG x85649

x3569

Amy Johnson

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x3569

x3570

Amy Johnson

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x3570

x3571

Amy Johnson

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x3571

x3572

Amy Johnson

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x3572

x3573

Amy Johnson

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x3573

x3574

Amy Johnson

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x3574

x3575

Amy Johnson

by Howard Coster
half-plate film negative, 1937
NPG x3575