• Short Summary

    James Allan Mollison, the British pioneer pilot who achieved fame by a remarkable series of flying exploits between 1931-1936 died from pneumonia Oct. 30 in a London suburban nursing home at the age of 54.

  • Description

    James Allan Mollison, the British pioneer pilot who achieved fame by a remarkable series of flying exploits between 1931-1936 died from pneumonia Oct. 30 in a London suburban nursing home at the age of 54.

    In the golden age of flying, the name of Jim Mollison was second only to Charles A. Lindberg. In those memorable five years, he became the first man to fly solo across the North Atlantic and back, and first to make a westward solo flight across the South Atlantic.

    July 22, 1933, Mollison set off with his first wife, Amy Johnson (also famous for her flying achievements) to realize another ambition: a dual husband-and-wife flight to beat the long-distance record by flying east-west from New York, USA, to Baghdad, Persia. Starting at Pendine Sands, Wales, the Mollisons set out for America with 450 gallons of petrol in the tank of their D.H. 'Dragon' lightweight craft. About 60 miles short of New York, they ran short of petrol and landed in the dark at Bridgeport, Connecticut. The 'Dragon' ran into swampland and overturned. The fliers were slightly injured - but the machine was seriously damaged. Amy was carried away by two policemen, as her husband told days later, Jim in bandages, they were welcomed by New York's Mayor and given a hearty reception. Cheering crowds acclaimed the pioneers as they drove through the streets.

    Jim Mollison went on to accomplish record-breaking flights between Britain, South Africa, Australia and India. His flights were all the more remarkable in that he flew light planes of the "Moth" type. In all his feats, Mollison exemplified the spirit of adventure and travel. A Scotsman, he was of slight stature and boundless courage. Characteristic of his happy-go-lucky attitude, was the Atlantic flight made in a dinner jacket because he had little time to change. On another occasion he made a record long-distance flight in carpet slippers.

    Twice divorced, his third wife survives him.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6SM0BJOBNTCBMPOC5TT36D3I7
    Media URN:
    VLVA6SM0BJOBNTCBMPOC5TT36D3I7
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/11/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:22:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment