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Tracey Curtis-Taylor takes off for Australia following in Amy Johnson’s footsteps

October 2nd, 2015 by admin | Filed under Blog.
  • Tracey Curtis-Taylor set off in 1942 Boeing Stearman Spirit of Artemis 
  • She will fly opposite 23 countries, creation 50 refuelling stops in 14 weeks
  • 53-year-old British aviatrix aiming to arrive in Sydney in Jan 2016
  • Johnson became initial lady to fly solo from UK to Australia in 1930

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Adventure: Tracey Curtis-Taylor checks her  biplane before withdrawal Farnborough for Sydney yesterday

Adventure: Tracey Curtis-Taylor checks her biplane before withdrawal Farnborough for Sydney yesterday

An brave British aviatrix has embarked on a 13,000-mile solo moody from Britain to Australia in a selected open cockpit biplane.

Self-styled ‘Bird in a Biplane’ Tracey Curtis-Taylor, 53, set off yesterday in her 1942 Boeing Stearman Spirit of Artemis aircraft from Farnborough Airport in Hampshire.

She will fly opposite 23 countries, creation 50 refuelling stops over a subsequent 14 weeks, before finally nearing in Sydney in Jan 2016.

Miss Curtis-Taylor will follow in a slipstream of Amy Johnson, a pioneering British flier who became a initial lady to fly solo from Britain to Australia in 1930.

Before starting her flight, Miss Curtis-Taylor said: ‘For my whole life, we have been changed by a achievements of pioneers like Amy Johnson.

‘My possess moody to Australia is a realization of a blazing enterprise to fly my dear Boeing Stearman around a universe following in their footsteps.

‘It has taken 30 years to arrive during this point, and now we not usually have a enterprise to do it though also a resources and a outrageous network of support behind me. we am very, really beholden for this. 

‘It feels as if we am finally violation giveaway of a shackles of life and fulfilling a destiny that was always meant to be.’

More than 150 friends and supporters, including Prince Michael of Kent, The Avengers singer Dame Diana Rigg and Johnson’s niece Judy Chilvers, waved Miss Curtis-Taylor off.

Royal attendee: Miss Curtis-Taylor subsequent to her Boeing Stearman Spirit of Artemis and Prince Michael of Kent

Royal attendee: Miss Curtis-Taylor subsequent to her Boeing Stearman Spirit of Artemis and Prince Michael of Kent

Long trip: Miss Curtis-Taylor will fly opposite 23 countries, creation 50 refuelling stops over a subsequent 14 weeks

Long trip: Miss Curtis-Taylor will fly opposite 23 countries, creation 50 refuelling stops over a subsequent 14 weeks

Support: Miss Curtis-Taylor (left) is graphic subsequent to her craft with Prince Michael of Kent and Judy Chilvers (right), a niece of Amy Johnson who became a initial lady to fly solo from Britain to Australia in 1930

Support: Miss Curtis-Taylor (left) is graphic subsequent to her craft with Prince Michael of Kent and Judy Chilvers (right), a niece of Amy Johnson who became a initial lady to fly solo from Britain to Australia in 1930

Miss Curtis-Taylor subsequent to her biplane Amy Johnson, a pioneering British aviator

Aviatrixes: Miss Curtis-Taylor (left) will follow in a slipstream of Johnson (right), a pioneering British pilot

Dame Diana said: ‘Tracey is doing this in a suggestion of all those lady aviators of a past and that is what we adore about her, that peculiarity of recognising a attempt of what has left before and mirroring it in this era.

‘There are lots of people doing unusual things, though Tracey is doing something unusual in what is probably a man’s universe and we consider we have to highlight that.

‘Her believe of not only a craft though a engine is endless and she can reason her possess with any man.’

Miss Curtis-Taylor’s track will take her opposite Europe and a Mediterranean to Jordan, over a Arabian desert, opposite a Gulf of Oman to Pakistan, India and opposite Asia.

Goodbye: Miss Curtis-Taylor waves to onlookers as she creates her approach to her biplane before environment off

Goodbye: Miss Curtis-Taylor waves to onlookers as she creates her approach to her biplane before environment off

Map: Her track will take her opposite Europe and a Mediterranean to Jordan, over a Arabian desert Miss Curtis-Taylor in a cockpit

Map: Her track will take her opposite Europe and a Mediterranean to Jordan, over a Arabian desert

Waving: A tiny support organisation will transport in a light complicated aircraft to record her tour to Australia

Waving: A tiny support organisation will transport in a light complicated aircraft to record her tour to Australia

In flight: She pronounced her initial vital stop will be Istanbul, that will symbol a impulse she will leave Europe

In flight: She pronounced her initial vital stop will be Istanbul, that will symbol a impulse she will leave Europe

She hopes to reconstruct a hint of Johnson’s epoch of flying, with an open cockpit, hang and rudder drifting with simple duration instruments and a brief operation between alighting points.

But she is not unknown with this form of flying. In 2013, she flew 8,000 miles solo from Cape Town to Goodwood, West Sussex, to reconstruct a 1928 moody of Lady Mary Heath.

A tiny support organisation will transport in a light complicated aircraft to record her tour to Australia, and day to day news will be posted on an interactive website.

Her initial day of drifting will see her stop off in Le Touquet, France, before stability on to Charleville in a Ardennes.

She pronounced her initial vital stop will be Istanbul, that will symbol a impulse she will leave Europe and where she will learn about Turkey’s initial womanlike fight pilot, 23-year-old Sabiha Gokcen.


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