To mark International Women’s Day at Loose Valley Care Home yesterday (Tuesday 8 March) we read quotes about chatted about strong powerful women like the pilots of the 1930’s – Amelia Earhart and Amy Johnson. Amelia Earhart was an American aviator who flew solo across the Atlantic Ocean in 1937.
Amy Johnson was a pioneering English pilot; She made history on 26 May 1930 as the first woman to fly solo from London to Australia – an 11,000 mile round trip. Amy had strong determination and drive, flying from Britain to Australia just over a year after being introduced to flying as a hobby.
Amy’s plane was called ‘Jason’, named after her Father’s fish business trademark. She sadly died aged 37 in 1941 when her plane crashed in the Thames Estuary off the coast of Herne Bay; Her body was never recovered and her death has remained a mystery. There is a lovely bronze sculpture of Amy Johnson on Herne Bay’s seafront which was unveiled in 2016.