Tracey Curtis-Taylor will depart Farnborough Airport on 1st October in her classic 1942 Boeing Stearman ‘Spirit of Artemis’ heading for Sydney, Australia. A group of over 150 friends and supporters will gather to bid Tracey farewell, including HRH Prince Michael of Kent, Dame Diana Rigg, Amy Johnson’s niece Judy Chilvers and Rear Admiral Ben Kay (Royal Navy) and toast her journey with a glass of Pol Roger Brut Reserve.
The intrepid British aviator’s expedition will include 50 legs as she crosses 23 countries on her trip across the globe. Her first day flying will see her stop in Le Touquet, France (120 nautical miles), before continuing on to Charleville in the Ardennes (a further 124 nm).
Tracey is undertaking the flight to celebrate the pioneering days of early aviation in the 1920s and 1930s, and especially the achievements of revolutionary British aviator Amy Johnson. A celebrity of her day, Ms Johnson became the first woman to fly solo from Britain to Australia in 1930 and tragically died in mysterious circumstances during World War II whilst flying for the ATA (Air Transport Auxiliary).
During the flight, Tracey Curtis-Taylor will be stopping in a number of cities to engage with the local communities, with a particular focus on women’s issues. Commemorating the fact that Amy Johnson was the first President of the Women’s Engineering Society, Ms Curtis-Taylor will be working with her partners to promote the achievements of women in every sphere around the world, especially their historic and contemporary role in aviation and engineering.
Tracey is expected to arrive in Sydney on January 6th.