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Amy Johnson

Amy Johnson (July 1, 1903 - January 5, 1941) was a famous English aviator who was born in Kingston upon Hull.

She became well-known in 1930 when she was the first woman to fly from Britain to Australia. She left England on May 5 of that year and landed in Darwin, Australia on May 24 after flying 11,000 miles.

In 1932, she married the also legendary British pilot Jim Mollison, who had proposed to her only 8 hours after they had met, during a flight of theirs.

Possibly her greatest success was in 1936 when she flew from Britain to Cape Town, South Africa and back breaking the previous record.

During World War II she worked as a pilot and died in an accident in the Thames estuary.

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