The Amy Johnson Festival and Hull History Centre are delighted to announce that a replica of Hull aviatrix Amy Johnson’s de Havilland Gipsy Moth Jason is now on display at the History Centre.
The Science Museum in London has loaned this 1/72 scale replica of Jason, and although it is not actually Jason, the model is an exact replica which even required members of the Science Museum to visit Hull to install it!
This comes after the Amy Johnson Festival’s attempts to bring Jason, currently displayed in the museum in London, to the festival The biplane was flown by Amy Johnson on her record-breaking flight to Australia, making her the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia.
Amy Johnson Festival Director Rick Welton said: “The Science Museum has been very supportive of the Amy Johnson Festival, and while we could not get Jason to the festival, we have the next best thing.
“On top of this, the Science Museum also hosts one of our moths near to Jason, so we encourage people to visit the museum to tick the moth off on their list and see a machine of great historical importance.
“We are delighted to have a replica model of the plane from the museum displayed in the city during the rest of the festival and we hope that people take the opportunity to see it.”
Somewhat larger than the Science Museum’s model, a half-size replica of a DH60 Gipsy Moth will be on display at the Amy Johnson Festival’s Maker Fest on Saturday, August 27th in Zebedee’s Yard. This plane has a 15-foot wingspan and has recently been acquired by local model-making enthusiast, Trevor Ogilvie.
Since buying the model Trevor has been repainting it to replicate Jason’s distinctive colours and livery and is generously lending it to the festival for Maker Fest, an event that showcases inspiring inventions, mechanical delights and hands-on makers.
Rick continued: “The half-size replica is a sight to behold and Trevor is paying a lot of attention to detail to create a faithful version of Amy’s Jason to show at Maker Fest.
“It will be fantastic to have it on display as part of the event, which is a key date in our calendar as we know it will inspire and amaze people interested in the feats of science and engineering. It’s important that the festival inspires young people to take up an interest in what is such a fascinating, but incredibly important, career path. We’re looking forward to seeing some amazing creations in one place on what will be a spectacular event.”
Maker Fest brings together creators, coders and hackers to demonstrate creativity through science, engineering and digital aspects and share their passions with the public. An event set to delight adults and children alike, the day will provide the opportunity to learn, be inspired and attempt different skills. The event, which will be held from 10am to 4pm, is free to enter.