Avi­a­tor Amy given tail fin hero sta­tus

Pi­o­neer’s face to be used by Nor­we­gian Air along with Dahl

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by Qasim Per­acha qasim.per­acha@trin­i­tymir­ror.com Twit­ter: @qasim­per­acha PI­O­NEER­ING British avi­a­tor Amy John­son has been hon­oured by be­ing made the sec­ond ‘tail fin hero’ on Nor­we­gian Air’s fleet.

In Septem­ber last year, Roald Dahl was the first Brit to re­ceive the hon­our in light of his 100th birth­day.

John­son, like Dahl, chose to live in Buck­ing­hamshire, pick­ing Monks Staithe, Princes Ris­bor­ough, a house dat­ing back to the 15th cen­tury.

In 1930, she be­came the first woman to fly solo from Eng­land to Aus­tralia, a flight that took 19 days, for which she re­ceived the CBE.

She made other pi­o­neer­ing flights with copi­lots such as Jack Hum- phreys with whom, in 1931, she set two records by fly­ing from London to Moscow in a day and then on to Tokyo.

Whilst fly­ing with Jim Mol­li­son, whom she had met only eight hours pre­vi­ously, she ac­cepted hish pro­posal of mar­riage.

Sub­se­quently they di­vorced, but not be­fore she broke his record for a solo flight from Lon­dond to Cape Town.

Whilst fly­ing from Pre­ston to RAF Kidling­ton near Ox­ford in 1941, badb weather caused AmyA to fly off course.

What hap­pened next is un­cer­tain,u but she was nev­ern seen again.

The two main the­o­ries sug­gest she ei­ther crashed as a re­sult of the storm into the Thames Es­tu­ary or that she was shot down by friendly fire.

Amy’s im­age will be used on tail fins of both a Boe­ing 737 and a Boe­ing Dream­liner. Norwe- gian Air now has over 80 tail fin he­roes.

The fleet is also the High flyer: youngest in the world with an av­er­age age of just 3.6 years.

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