Amy Johnson (1 July 1903 – 5 January 1941) was a pioneering English pilot who was the first woman to fly solo from London to Australia . Luckily I met her yesterday at Hern Bay
Johnson achieved worldwide recognition when, in 1930, she became the first woman pilot or aviatrix to fly solo from England to Australia. Flying G-AAAH Jason, she left Croydon, south of London, on 5 May and after flying 11,000 miles (18,000 km) damaged her aircraft on landing at Darwin, Northern Territory on 24 May. The flight to Australia took 19 days and she landed in front of a huge crowd in Darwin on 24 May 1930.
The 37-year-old died during World War Two when the RAF plane she was transporting crashed in the Thames Estuary on 5 January 1941.
Her statue is installed at Herne Bay close to where she died.