Amy Johnson, Black Magic Melbourne Air Race Anniversary

Today marks the anniversary of the start of the 1934 'MacRobertson Trophy' UK-Melbourne Air Race.

Starting from RAF Mildenhall at dawn (06:30) on October 20th, 1934 first off were Amy Johnson and her husband, Jim Mollison in the de Havilland DH.88 Comet Racer 'Black Magic', G-ACSP.

They were early leaders, setting a new record for England-India. However engine trouble resulted in 'Black Magic' having to retire in Allahabad.

Subsequently sold to Portugal 'Black Magic' is now being restored at Derby Airfield in the UK by a team led by Martin Jones. Follow their progress at