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The Amy Johnson & Herne Bay Project

Visit the Pier and see Jane Priston’s creation, a picnic bench in the shape of a  biplane.

You will find it on the east side of the Pier Plaza.

But there is a lot more to this story.

The bench and the display board commemorate the life of Amy Johnson one of Britain’s greatest female pilots.

Amy Johnson (1903-1941), CBE, was an influential and inspirational women of the twentieth century. She was the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia in 1930 and set a string of other records throughout her career.

During the Second World War Amy joined the Air Transport Auxiliary, an organisation set up to ferry planes around the country for the Royal Air Force. On Sunday 5 January 1941 she left Blackpool in an Airspeed Oxford, which she had been ordered to deliver to RAF Kidlington, near Oxford. That was her last flight.

To find out how Herne Bay features in this story and to read about the project go to the Amy Johnson & Herne Bay Association web site.

The 2015 Herne Bay Air Show was named in memory of Amy Johnson.