Hull’s Amy Johnson Festival plane request rejected

Published: Tuesday 5th January 2016 by The News Editor

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A plane flown by one of England’s most iconic aviators may not be coming to Hull after the museum where it is housed rejected a loan request.

Amy Johnson, who was born in the city, became the first woman to fly solo across the world from Britain to Australia in 1930.

Her plane ‘Jason’, a De Havilland Gipsy Moth, was later donated to the Science Museum in London.

The Daily Mail reports the organisers of the Amy Johnson Festival, due to take place in Hull this summer, have been left disappointed by the museum’s decision to rebuff its loan request for the aircraft.

They had wanted to borrow it to form the centrepiece of the event, which is expected to attract 100,000 visitors.

“Given Amy Johnson flew the plane to Australia you would think we could get it 200 miles from London to Hull without all this fuss,” says festival director Rick Welton.

“I was so cross at their response. It felt like we were being treated as an ignorant bunch of Northerners.

“Clearly, no one is going to nick Amy Johnson’s plane. It can’t even fly. It is hanging on the third floor of the Science Museum. They got it in there so they must be able to get it out again.

“We have also offered to raise funds to pay for all costs. So it is silly to say it is too expensive and cannot be done.”

The Science Museum cited “resource constraints” and the “disruption” caused by removing the plane from display as reasons for rejecting the loan request.

Copyright Press Association 2016

Published: Tuesday 5th January 2016 by The News Editor

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