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Lot 622
JOHNSON (AMY)
£200 - 250
US$ 320 - 390

Lot Details
JOHNSON (AMY)
Autograph letter signed (“Amy Johnson”), to Miss Glass, accepting her invitation to Switzerland (“…I have left my aeroplane in Germany…the weather is hopeless & showed no signs of improving. I may have been held up for weeks...I will collect it when I leave Switzerland & fly it home...”), 2 pages, large 8vo, on brown writing paper, 15 Vernon Court, Finchley Road, 22 January 1931

Footnotes

  • Amy Johnson’s spectacular attempt to break the light aeroplane record in a solo flight to Australia began on 5 May 1930. In July 1931 she flew across Siberia to Tokyo. She was lost over the Thames estuary on 5 January 1941 having taken off, despite warnings, in foul weather: “Amy Johnson was a heroine of the romantic age of aviation. Her image was one of a petite, photogenic pilot and mechanic, a pioneer feminist and sportswoman; she had a veneer of success in an age needing stars. With hindsight, however, a more complex figure has been revealed. According to a fellow ATA pilot, Lettice Curtis, Johnson was often insecure and unhappy. More seriously her skills as a mechanic and pilot were hands-on; she was neither a fine pilot nor a sound navigator. Amy Johnson took risks, and in the end this killed her. Nevertheless because of the indomitable record-breaking and the mystery surrounding her death she became and remains, a legendary figure” (Robin Higham in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography).
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