AMY JOHNSON

Location: Herne Bay, South East England
Artist: Stephen Melton

Amy Johnson was the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia in 1930. Johnson died after her aircraft ditched in the Thames Estuary in 1941, where her body and her plane were never recovered. A life-sized bronze statue of Amy was commissioned by the Amy Johnson Project to mark the 75th anniversary of her tragic death. It was created by Ramsgate artist Stephen Melton and unveiled at Herne Bay on 17 September 2016.

The statue honours Amy at the age of 37, dressed in early 1930s flying clothes, striding forward, adjusting her googles and looking to the skies. It also includes quotes by Amy who expressed herself with intelligent creativity. The statue stands as a monument to women, aviation, engineering and all those who served with the Air Transport Auxiliary during the Second World War. The artist wanted to create a permanent landmark to inspire and educate.