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Amy Johnson 1930 - FIRST Female solo London to Australia

 

Early in 1930, she set her objective to fly solo to Australia and to beat Bert Hinkler's record of 16 days. At first, her 

efforts to raise financial support failed, but eventually her father and oil magnate Lord Wakefield shared the £600 purchase price of a used DH Gypsy Moth (G-AAAH), which was named “Jason” after the family business trademark.

Amy set off alone from Croydon on 5 May 1930, and landed in Darwin on 24 May, a flight distance of 11,000 miles. She was the first woman to fly alone to Australia, and came home to the UK to a hero’s welcome which culminated in her award of a C.B.E.

The route was replicated by Tracey Curtis-Taylor in 2015/16.

 

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Amelia Earhart - 1928 - FIRST woman to cross the atlantic

Amelia Earhart became the first woman to across the Atlantic on June 18-19, 1928. While the flight garnered her a lot of publicity, she was little more than a passenger in the Fokker tri-motor "Friendship." In 1932, five years to the day after Lindbergh's solo flight across the Atlantic, she duplicated the feat - the first woman, and only the second person to do so at that time. In 1937, while attempting an around the world flight with navigator Fred Noonan, she disappeared over the Pacific.

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Douglas World Cruiser - FIRST circumnavigation of the globe

On April 6, 1924, eight U.S. Army Air Service pilots and mechanics in four airplanes left Seattle, Washington, to carry out the first 

circumnavigation of the globe by air in a purpose built aircaft. They completed the journey 175 days later on September 28,

after making 74 stops and covering about 27,550 miles.

The new aircraft had increased fuel and cooling capacity, a tubular steel fuselage, strengthened bracing, a larger rudder, a cutout in the upper wing to increase visibility, and closer dual cockpit locations. Because the flight would take place over land and water, the aircraft also featured interchangeable floats and wheels. The Douglas Company delivered a prototype and four World Cruisers at a cost of $192,684.

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