AMY JOHNSON AT HEDON (1930) film no: 1101
Shortly after returning from her famous flight to Australia, Amy Johnson visited Hedon on 11th August, 1930. This film documents her visit and includes footage of her plane and her meeting with the Mayor and Mayoress.
The film opens with a shot of the crowd and officials gathered awaiting the arrival of Amy Johnson. Several planes fly past in an air display. Amy Johnson’s plane lands, and Amy sits on the plane waving to the crowds as she is greeted by the Mayor. She is then presented with a bouquet of flowers by the Mayoress. There are close up shots of the plane |Jason| no. G-AAAH, before it is pushed away by the mechanics. Amy Johnson gives speech from the podium. The film then cuts away to scenes of crowds who line the street to watch the official cars pass. There is also footage of the city streets showing trams. The film ends with shots of an official ceremony with Amy Johnson greeting guests.
Amy gave up flying for records after the disappearance of Amelia Earhart in 1937, during an attempted round-the-world flight. Amelia Earhart (coincidentally also known as ‘Amy’) was Johnson’s US rival, and possible inspiration, who had become the first woman to fly across the Atlantic Ocean in June 1928. Amy Johnson was right to be wary as she suffered a similar fate to Amelia Earhart’s just four years later. With the outbreak of war Amy joined the newly formed ATA (Air Transport Auxiliary) in May 1940. A women’s section of the ATA had been established in January 1940 by another woman pilot, Pauline Gower. One of their jobs was to transport Royal Airforce planes around the country – women not being allowed to fly in combat. It was on one such mission that Amy drowned in the Thames Estuary.
Gordon Snell, Amy Johnson, Queen of the Air, Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1980
Yorkshire Post , ‘Amy Johnson 50th anniversary supplement’, May 19th 1980.
This film is an extract. To access the complete film please contact the Yorkshire Film Archive