Amy Johnson was the real deal. She was apparently hell-bent
on flying: she took her class “A” flying
license in 1929 (at age 26) after just sixteen hours of training, and got her aviation
engineer license a few months later (becoming one of the first women in England
to do so.) She was then off to Australia
When you look closely at this happy picture you can tell that Ms. Johnson came upon her frayed and worn pant cuffs honestly, as she did her oil/grime stained trouser legs. This was no glam shot.
Amy Johnson accomplished other feats and firsts in aviation history before dying in the line of duty flying in 1942.