In 1930, Amy Johnson achieved worldwide recognition by becoming the first woman pilot to fly solo from England to Australia. She did it in a G-AAAH Gipsy Moth, leaving Croydon, South London on 5 May of that year and landing in Darwin, Australia on 24 May, covering a staggering 11,000 miles.
84 years on, a replica plane now sits proudly in a school playground very adjacent to where that historical event took place. eibe Play is delighted that it was through our original proposal that the tribute to our national heroine now exists.
Amy Johnson School first approached us with the idea of having one of our themed castles as a central unit for the playground. On researching the project and its locality, we put forward the idea of an Albatross aeroplane to reflect the history of the school name. They loved the idea.
Situated next to the old Croydon airport, Amy Johnson’s striking new playspace features the plane complete with slide, portholes, net, climbing ladder, seating, propeller and instrument panel. It is wheelchair accessible and is the perfect play item for children of all ages and abilities.
The Albatross integrative system has a pressure impregnated pine frame with hot-dip galvanised steel posts – robust and long-lasting. It is designed to encourage social interaction and imaginative aviation-style play, as well as promote co-ordination and fitness.
The G-AAAH is inscribed on the side of the plane and bonded bark has been used to surround it. A play panel detailing a map of the British Isles is a lovely finishing touch to what is a truly unique play project.
“It’s a real stand-out piece of equipment,” says managing director, Paul Redden, “The children will be like ‘Moths’ to a flame!”