Amanda Harrison – Surviving cancer to fly solo across the world in a WW2 biplane
Amanda Harrison is a graduate of one of my original ‘Screw Work Le’ts Play’ Programmes and she’s had a dream for 15 years to recreate Amy Johnson’s pioneering solo flight from the U.K to Darwin in 1930.
When Amanda was treated for Cancer 18 months ago, it gave her the detemination to make this dream actually come true.
So now she’s on her way on a 9,000 mile journey to Australia, in a 1942 Tiger Moth biplane.
When I saw her she was stranded in Vienna for a day after a bird strike damaged her propeller. I jumped at the chance to interview her in the aircraft hanger next to her plane.
“Yes of course this is inherently dangerous.
There are problems and you know – I hit a bird.
and you know that is a difficult thing.
You’re always going to have bird strikes as a pilot.
It’s part of the job unfortunately.
However, sat in an office,
somebody looking at you and going, “You have breast cancer.”
One of the most scariest things in my life.
And you know I thought, fine, OK breast cancer’s tried to kill me
so i’d rather go out and live my life and live it to the best possible way.”
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TheDiabolicalWaffle – My Wish