STEM Ambassador

Project manager Jane Priston has joined the 30,000 volunteers who give their time illuminating futures by becoming a STEM Ambassador through STEMNET. She will be working with more schools in 2016 inspriring young people into STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) through Amy’s story.


Tracey Curtis-Taylor commences epic solo flight to Australia

It was a privilege and honour to be present as Tracey Curtis-Taylor began her solo flight to Australia, following in Amy Johnson’s footsteps. Project Manager Jane Priston (left), Pauline Vahey, Chair of the British Women Pilot’s Association (right), Angela Riddle, friend and the only one of the group who has flown with Tracey, and Candy Adkins, daughter of Jackie Moggridge who flew with Amy in the ATA, commissioned a bracelet for Tracey to mark the occasion. The bracelet was designed and made by Daniel Wilds of Herne BayFacebook

BBC Radio Kent interview

Herne Bay Amy Johnson bronze statue: here’s a recording of BBC Radio Kent talking to Jane Priston and Simon Woollett from the Canterbury Divers this afternoon. There has been great interest in the project today following the piece in yesterday’s Sunday Express. Radio interview

Film – Amy Johnson Herne Bay Information Board

Here is the film we made of the unveiling of the information board on 20 April 2014. A very big thank you to our loyal and very talented film maker Mitch Weaver for all his work recording the special day that really set the ball rolling for Amy! Watch the film

Film – Amy Johnson Memorial Airshow

A big thank you to the very talented Mitch Weaver for recording our special day. Mitch has been there from the start with the project filming meetings, dives and events. Relive Herne Bay’s most historic day here and see the images of the bronze, the man who will make it, Amy’s family, Amy’s car and of course lots of flying.

Mitch is now working on filming the making of the bronze statue for a film about how art and engineering can work in parallel. We will be taking the finished piece out to schools as part of our outreach work to inspire the next generation.

Amy Johnson Memorial Airshow, Herne Bay, 15 August 2015 from Ian Priston on Vimeo.

Sunday Express feature about the Herne Bay Amy Johnson bronze

The Sunday Express announces “Flying ace Amy Johnson is finally to be immortalised in a double tribute to one of the most admired and inspirational women of the 20th century.” Article

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

Women In Aviation International

Project Manager Jane Priston has been interviewed about the Amy Johnson Herne Bay Project and written a piece about Amy for Women in Aviation International magazine, Aviation for Women. Women in Aviation