On this day in history - Pioneer aviator Jim Mollison died


30 October 2021
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Scottish aviator Jim Mollison died on 30 October 1959. ...

Scottish aviator Jim Mollison died on 30 October 1959. Born in Glasgow in 1905, Mollison became the RAF's youngest serving officer at the age of eighteen and was a RAF flying instructor by the age of 22.

He went on to break many aviation records, including becoming the first person to fly solo east to west across the Atlantic in 1932. Mollison was married to fellow aviator Amy Johnson whom he proposed to just eight hours after they met.

The flying sweethearts

Mollison and Johnson worked together to set new aviation records and were dubbed the 'flying sweethearts'. They divorced in 1938. Amy Johnson was killed during World War Two and Mollison went on to work for ferry command and the Air Transport Auxiliary during the war.

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Morrison remarried in 1949 and although he and his wife Maria Clasina E Kamphius were divorced in 1953, she bought Mollison a hotel which he ran before his death.