Amy Johnson Memorial Airshow, 15 August 2015

Here’s a link to our hastily put together film of the day from the perspective of the Amy Johnson Herne Bay Project. We hope you enjoy it – we had a fantastic day and there were many special moments.

The Amy Johnson Memorial Air Show – on the ground

The airshow is fast approaching and we are delighted to announce the list of exhibitors who will be with us on our special day.

CTC Aviation, a global airline pilot training and resourcing company – attending in partnership with British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Easyjet. The Royal Aeronautical Society Careers and Education Team along with their Schools-Build-a-Plane Team will be joining us as well as retired Vulcan pilot, Paddy Langdown. The Women’s Engineering Society – Amy Johnson was president of WES between 1935-1937 and Croydon Airport Society – Amy Johnson took off from Croydon Airport on her epic flight to Australia in May 1930.  We are delighted to have Aerobility – a registered charity founded in 1993 offering disabled people, without exception, the opportunity to fly an aeroplane join us.  Please visit TG Arrows Scholarship, an inspirational local flying scholarship who are supporting young people who wish to learn to fly.  They will be selling raffle tickets for a flight in their Boeing Stearman, the same type of plane Tracey Curtis-Taylor will fly to Australia this year.  A highlight will be the chance to talk to the Red Arrows ground support team known as The Blues and buy a memento of the day from an Official Red Arrows merchandise outlet.

Project Manager, Jane Priston will be on site with Rick Welton from the Amy Johnson Festival and other team members.  Please come along to talk to us about the project and see Amy’s 1933 Standard Avon car, meet the Canterbury Divers and talk to them about the search for the wreckage of the plane and see the portfolio of drawings produced by Meltdowns, the fine art studio and foundry who are creating a full size bronze statue of Amy to mark the 75th anniversary of her death next year. Read more

The Royal International Air Tattoo

A wonderful weekend at RIAT with Tracey Curtis-Taylor, the Women’s Engineering Society, the Royal Aeronautical Society and their Schools-Build-a-Plane team and so many more. It was great to see Tracey launch her flight to Australia and everyone, including Prince Michael of Kent, was keen to talk to her about her up and coming adventure and see the beautiful Spirit of Artemis.

Photo: Sherril Semple and Carolyne Sibley-Harris receive The Wings Around the World Trophy at the Flying Scholarships for Disabled People presentation ceremony. Read more

Herne Bay Classic Car Show

A wonderful day at the show with a car owned by Amy and Jim that had been in Herne Bay for over 50 years before being restored and now displayed for all to see and enjoy. We believe Amy was friends with the owner and visited Herne Bay regularly. If anyone has any information to support this we would love to hear from you. We hope the car will be back in Herne Bay for the air show so please come along and see it. It is absolutely stunning! Photos

British Women Pilots’ Association Diamond Jubilee Celebration

Project Leader Jane Priston is delighted and very proud to have been asked to speak at the 60th anniversary celebrations of the British Women Pilots’ Association 30/31 May at White Waltham. The BWPA was formed in 1955 by women who flew in the ATA, the organisation Amy was flying for when she crashed and lost her life off the shores of Herne Bay in 1941. It is an honour for the Project to be there representing Amy’s memory and spreading the word about exciting current and future projects we are involved in. BWPA

Amy Johnson Memorial Air Show, Herne Bay

We are delighted to confirm that on Saturday 15 August, 2015 Herne Bay will host its first full air show in honour of Amy Johnson. The show will feature the world-famous RAF Red Arrows, the Eurofighter Typhoon, the Battle Of Britain Memorial team,Tracey Curtis-Taylor and many more attractions. Do not miss this historic day! BayPromoTeam

Herne Bay High School International Women’s Day Event

A big thank you to Dr Owen, Headteacher of Herne Bay High School, and Rossanne Spencer for organising and inviting Tracey Curtis-Taylor and I to attend the school’s International Women’s Day event. We thoroughly enjoyed talking to over 250 young ladies about Tracey’s adventures and Amy Johnson. Fingers crossed some of them will be inspired to consider a career in aviation or engineering.

Please watch The Aviatrix on BBC4, 17 March 2015 at 9pm to see Tracey’s epic adventure from Cape Town to Goodwood.

Canterbury Business and Regeneration Exhibition

Had a great time today with the BayPromoTeam at the Canterbury Business and Regeneration Exhibition promoting the project and the Herne Bay Amy Johnson Memorial Air Show. There was a lot of interest in our work and future plans. A very interesting potential research lead too. It is a fact that the more people who hear about the project, the more chance we have of answering outstanding questions.

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Hull festival inspired by the life of Amy Johnson

It is safe to say 2016 is going to be an incredible year for the memory of Amy Johnson. An international festival of the arts and engineering inspired by the life and achievements of Amy Johnson will take place in Hull throughout the summer and autumn of 2016. Following my visit to Hull in January, festival director Rick Welton came down to Herne Bay for a couple of days this week to see our work here. Visiting the information board and the biplane bench and meeting with the dive team(Canterbury Divers). We have also begun work on the commissioning of a bronze statue of Amy for the Herne Bay seafront to be unveiled to mark the 75th anniversary of her death. Facebook

Thales Christmas Reception

A big thank you to Thales for inviting the Amy Johnson Herne Bay Project to their Christmas reception this year. Project Leader Jane Priston joined aviatrix Tracey Curtis-Taylor for a fabulous aviation filled evening ending what has been a wonderful year for the project. May we take this opportunity to thank you for your support and wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!