Amy Johnson Festival

A Moth for Amy!

2016 is the 75th anniversary of the death of Amy Johnson, Hull’s flying heroine. Born in Hull in 1903, Amy Johnson CBE was one of the most influential and inspirational women of the twentieth century. She was the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia and set a string of other records throughout her career.

During the 1920s and 1930s aviation was dominated by the rich and famous and most female pilots were titled women such as Lady Heath, the Duchess of Bedford and Lady Bailey. But Amy was the first woman to gain a ground engineer’s “C” licence and, whilst working as a secretary, she took flying lessons. In 1929 she was awarded her pilot’s licence and just a year later set of solo for Australia!

Amy Johnson Festival marked this anniversary and celebrated Amy’s life, achievements and legacy. The "Moth for Amy" sculpture trail lives on beyond the festival as a reminder of Amy, well into 2017. 

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A Moth for Amy

A Moth for Amy is a mass engagement public art project, modeled on Hull’s highly successful ‘Larkin with Toads’ scheme. Just like Geoffrey de Havilland, the Gipsy Moth’s manufacturer, we are fascinated by moths in all their many manifestations. Amy Johnson flew a De Havilland Gipsy Moth to Australia as well as several other de Havilland Moths during her flying career. Our aim is to locate artist decorated moths, each about 1.5ms in width, on the facades of buildings across the city of Hull and at other key locations of significance to Amy Johnson, across the UK. We also hope to donate a Moth for Amy to each of the cities on Amy’s route to Australia!

The master sculpture has been created by East Riding Sculptor Saffron Waghorn.

A Moth for Amy