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Solo 2 Darwin (Hardback)

In The Footsteps Of Amy Johnson

Aviation > Aircraft

Imprint: Grub Street
Pages: 240
Illustrations: Illustrated throughout in colour and b&w
ISBN: 9781911714040
Published: 31st May 2024

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Whilst learning to fly, Amanda Harrison discovered a beautiful vintage Tiger Moth. After researching the amazing pioneers who flew this fragile aircraft, a spark was ignited, and Amanda dreamed of emulating their adventures. On 11th May 2019, she made that dream a reality, taking off from Biggin Hill with the aim of flying to Darwin, Australia in 19 days – just as her idol Amy Johnson had done in 1930. Eschewing the convenience of modern aero technology, Amanda chose to experience the authentic adventure and flew solo in a Tiger Moth. Solo2Darwin documents one woman’s exhilarating journey across the world. Indeed, the launch of her biplane, ‘Solo2Darwin’, received extensive press coverage including print features in The Times and The Telegraph and TV footage broadcasted on ITV and Channel 5 Evening News respectively. 

Faced with adversity, navigating through torturous mountain ranges covered in cloud, across seas, dodging thunderstorms and surviving engine failures, Amanda’s route had plenty of highs, lows and drama. Alongside this she also experienced the difficulties of solo-flying a biplane and having to navigate dangerous regions across the world. What makes Amanda’s expedition even more remarkable is that this was all undertaken whilst recovering from cancer. 

So strapped in and prepare to go on a journey of a lifetime. Twelve countries, 2,600 miles, 46 flying hours, two engine failures, one aeroplane, one female pilot, all equals one amazing adventure!

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