Adventurous British female aviator Tracey Curtis-Taylor
has touched down at Seletar Airport in Singapore in a classic
1942 Boeing Stearman named Spirit of Artemis.
pilot is more than two months into her intrepid expedition from
the U.K. to Australia, which started on 1 October 2015.
During her trip
she plans to fly 13,000 miles across 23 countries, making over 50
stops along the way.
Midway through her five-country
Southeast Asia leg, she arrived in Singapore from Malaysia having
completed 8,000 miles of stick and rudder flying. Exposed to the
elements and using basic period flight instruments, she will
continue on to her next stop of Palempang, Indonesia on Saturday,
flying through other cities in Indonesia and Australia before
arriving at her final destination of Sydney, Australia.
Curtis-Taylor’s flight celebrates the pioneering days of early
aviation in the 1920s and 1930s, and especially the achievements
of revolutionary British aviator Amy Johnson. A celebrity of her
day, Ms Johnson became the first woman to fly solo from Britain to Australia in 1930 and tragically died in mysterious circumstances
during World War II flying for the Air Transport Auxiliary.
Throughout her journey, flying between 50 to 1000 feet at 90
mph, Curtis-Taylor has been engaging with local communities and inspiring others with her expedition, especially women.
Commemorating the fact that Amy Johnson was the first President of
the Women in Engineering Society, she is hoping to promote the
achievements of women in every sphere around the world, especially their historic and contemporary role in aviation and engineering.
In Singapore, she met young women from the UN Women’s Girls2Pioneers programme which encourages them to consider STEM
Speaking at the Girls2Pioneers session, Tracey
Curtis-Taylor said, “I have always been inspired by the
achievements of pioneers like Amy Johnson. This expedition from
the U.K. to Australia is the realisation of a burning desire to
fly my beloved Boeing Stearman Spirit of Artemis around the world,
following in their footsteps. I hope to showcase the significant
role women have played in the history of aviation and inspire the
next generation to follow their dreams, especially in Science,
Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. This trip has already
exceeded all my expectations and delivered unforgettable moments
and incredible challenges.”
Since her departure
from the U.K., Tracey has flown across Eastern Europe, through the
Middle East, over India and now, Southeast Asia.
“It is a
pleasure to welcome Tracey Curtis-Taylor to Singapore, and see how
far she has come to re-creating this historic flight in a beautifully restored 1942 Boeing Stearman. Our sponsorship of
Tracey’s quest reflects Boeing’s ongoing support for the aviation industry, and the role we’ve played over the past century. Tracey
will touch down at her final destination in Sydney, Australia in early 2016, just in time to mark The Boeing Company’s 100th year
anniversary,” said Skip Boyce, president, Boeing Southeast Asia.
Boeing’s centennial celebrations will continue at the
Singapore Airshow in February 2016.
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