‘A Moth For Amy’ Diamond display commemorates pioneering female aviator

A decorative Moth has been displayed in the Diamond in tribute to University of Sheffield alumni Amy Johnson, CBE.

The university has sponsored the moth that has been displayed in the Diamond building since the 1st of July to commemorate the first female pilot to fly solo from Britain to Australia.

After graduating in 1925, Johnson flew from Croydon on May 5th 1930 in a single engine De Havilland Gypsy Moth aircraft, landing in Darwin Austrlia 19 days later.

Amy also flew commercially until WW2, ferrying aircrafts from factories to RAF bases. It was during one of these flights in 1941 that Amy’s plane crashed into the Thames, where she died.

To mark the 75th anniversary of Amy’s death a festival was in her hometown of Hull between the 1st of July and 6th September 2016.

The aim of the festival was to celebrate Amy’s life achievements. Part of the festival feature art project called ‘A Moth for Amy’ where over 200 artist’s designs were submitted to be sponsored.

The decorative moths are 1.5m in width and have been placed in public buildings across the city of Hull and other key locations.

The University’s moth was made by Jo Cruickshanks who designed it based on the Australian Tiger Moth native to Queensland, where pioneering aviatrix Amy Johnson arrived in 1930.

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