7th February 2018
Kennet Valley TR Group February Club Night - a Talk on Amy Johnson
For our February Club night, David Keen will deliver a talk about Amy Johnson the record breaking pilot and aeronautical engineer, the story of Amy Johnson is told by David using some of the images and the script which Amy herself used to raise funds following her remarkable solo flight from England to Australia in 1930.
Amy Johnson CBE was a pioneering British aviator who was the first female pilot to fly alone from Britain to Australia. Flying solo or with her husband, Jim Mollison, she set numerous long-distance records during the 1930s
David Keen has recently retired from the Royal Air Force Museum in Hendon, North London. For most of the last twenty years he led the Access and Learning Team, being responsible for educational programmes for visitors ranging from pre-school children to senior citizens and including members of the RAF. He interpreted his role widely, so it included media interviews and escorting VIPs round the Museum.
David regarded this as a dream job as he never expected that anyone would pay him to talk about Spitfires, but they did!
For as long as he can remember, David has been fascinated by aeroplanes and by the people who designed, built, maintained and flew them. He was never a member of the Royal Air Force, but has always had associations with the Service and is now Vice-Chairman of the Bomber Command Association
The Club night is from 19:00 onwards, and the talk will commence at 20:15 for circa 1 hour with questions and answer session at the end.