Topical Budget: ‘Johnnie’s’ Welcome Home, Croydon (1930)
ProRes digital file Black & White Mute 1930 2:48
Summary: Incredible scenes as an estimated one million people descend on the airport at Croydon to witness the return of pioneering pilot Amy Johnson from Australia.
Title number: 19836
Description: In 1930, Amy Johnson became the first woman to fly solo from London to Australia, leaving from Croydon Airport in her Gypsy Moth. Upon her return, a crowd of around one million flocked to Croydon to catch a glimpse of this ‘aviatrix’. Here Johnson’s plane is seen flying over fields while crowds gather. She then lands – the footage becomes rather grainy – and gives a speech to the watching crowd.
Selected by London's Screen Archives on behalf of the BFI National Archive
Cast: Amy Johnson
Further information: Johnson’s plane is now in the Science Museum and Croydon Airport is a housing estate.
The terminal building and the traffic control tower are still standing, and in the middle of the housing estate they’ve kept a stretch of tarmac which was one of the runways. There’s a Croydon Airport Visitor Centre at the site (http://www.croydonairport.org.uk/The-Airport).
The hotel that is glimpsed in the footage is still open; now called the Hallmark Hotel London Croydon Aerodrome (http://www.hallmarkhotels.co.uk/hotels/croydon?gclid=EAIaIQobChMIlqnBkKen1QIVSbHtCh0-OQSDEAAYAyAAEgK9tPD_BwE).
Keywords: speech; Australia; airport; airplane; Amy Johnson
Locations: United Kingdom;England;London;Croydon
Chris Bunyan wrote on July 26, 2017:Amy is my granny's cousin and I've never seen the footage, it's wonderful to see, I've passed it on to…Amy is my granny's cousin and I've never seen the footage, it's wonderful to see, I've passed it on to my dad... I'm sure he will be very happy to see this