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Amy Johnson took off from Croydon airport for her epic journey to Australia on 5 May 1930. The eyes of the world were on her as she made an emergency landing in the desert in a sand storm, crashed the plane in India and got lost amongst tribes people on a Pacific island. On arrival in Australia on 24 May, she was an international celebrity.

Amy took up flying to alleviate the boredom of her office job and became the first woman in Britain to get her ground engineer's licence. It was her confident ability to maintain her own plane that saved her life several times. During WWII, she joined the Air Transport Auxiliary and it was during a routine flight that her plane was lost. The mystery of her death has never been solved.

 
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