Amy Johnson Takes Wing

April 28, 1927 Legal secretary Amy Johnson took a bus to Stags Leap Aerodrome and begged to be allowed to take lessons. After a sixth month wait she began training, earning her license in July, 1929.  With her father’s help she bought a Havilland Gipsy Moth and became the first woman to fly from England to Australia. During WWII she flew ferrying missions for the RAF and was shot down in an incident allegedly involving friendly fire.