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Jason Flies Again

11 February 2021

'Jason Flies Again!' is an exciting and ambitious project by Jenny Lockyer inviting children across the world to celebrate the 90th anniversary of Amy Johnson's incredible solo flight from England to Australia. Since the anniversary last spring children have been busy making models of Amy's plane, 'Jason' and their submissions have been collated into a short film recreating Amy and Jason's flight! With the launch of the film, 'Jason Flies Again!' remains open for submissions so that more children in the UK and across the world have the opportunity to take part. 'Jason Flies Again!' echoes Amy's vision to champion connections across continents, which at a time of lockdown and isolation for many, seems especially relevant.

Join In

The project will remain open to submissions from children in all the places along Amy's flight route to Australia but location is not a barrier. If the project inspires you, you are most welcome to join in. Anyone can request a PDF kit of Jason which can be emailed and then printed off at home, but if children want to create their own Jasons or even draw and send in a picture, they can. Kits usually cost £5 but for Jason Flies Again this has become a suggested donation. All donations will help to cover administration costs.

All submissions from this point will come together to create another version of the current film produced by the project's creator, Jenny Lockyer. Jenny hopes to receive as many submissions as possible by 31st March so the film can be ready by 5th May, the anniversary of Amy taking off on her flight to Australia.

Find out more on how to take part and get the kit: www.JennyLockyer.co.uk or email Jenny at: JasonFliesAgain@outlook.com

Build along with Jenny Lockyer

Once you’ve got your kits join Jenny for a build-along on the Brooklands Museum Facebook and Youtube at 3pm on Monday 15 February. The videos will remain available after Monday so you can build at your own pace.

Watch the Build Along

Amy Johnson's Story

Amy took off from Croydon Aerodrome on 5th May 1930 and took only nineteen and a half days to fly the ten thousand miles from England to Australia. She flew there solo in a Gipsy Moth aeroplane that she named 'Jason', without radio or modern navigation.

She was alone in the cockpit but in Amy's words, Jason became 'a dear and valued friend'. He carried Amy thousands of miles; through the freezing cold, the sweltering heat and even sheltered her during a frightening dust storm. Together they flew over jagged mountains and across shark infested seas! They even crashed landed during a monsoon but they lived to fly again and to see three arched rainbows over the Java Sea hailing their approach to Australia.

Ninety years later 'Jason Flies Again!' has seen Jason reach Australia for a second time, with children making and flying models of him in London, Vienna and Darwin.

Join the conversation

Families can join the Facebook group which will act as a hub for any plane making activities over the next few months.