Sir Greg Knight, the MP for East Yorkshire, is backing calls to bring Amy Johnson’s ‘Gipsy Moth’ aeroplane to the region for the 2017 Hull City of Culture celebrations.
Amy Johnson, who was born and educated locally, achieved worldwide recognition in 1930 when she became the first woman pilot to fly solo from England to Australia.
The aircraft she used, named ‘Jason’, is currently on display in the Science Museum in London but the museum is refusing to loan it to Hull for 2017 claiming concerns about security, how well it will be looked after and saying that it is too difficult to move.
Sir Greg said: “This excellent campaign has cross-party support. The aeroplane is an important part of local history and the excuses given by the Science Museum for refusing the request are, frankly, very feeble. The Science Museum should reconsider this because Amy Johnson’s legacy belongs to us all and viewing the plane should not be restricted to those who either live in the South or are prepared to travel all the way to London”.
Raising the issue in the House of Commons, Sir Greg accused the Science Museum of being “London-obsessed” and he called upon Culture Secretary John Whittingdale MP to ask the museum to “think again”.
Following Sir Greg’s intervention, the Minister agreed to look into the matter further.