Jon Johanson (born 1956 in Warburton, Victoria) is a world-record setting Australian aviator. He is well known for his pioneering flights in a home-built Van's Aircraft RV-4. Johanson is a qualified nurse, midwife, carpenter and air-transport pilot.
In 2003 he made the first solo flight in a single-engine home-built aircraft over the South Pole. After landing at the McMurdo-Scott base he became stranded when the base, not wishing to encourage future private flights, refused to sell him fuel. After a fuel donation by fellow adventurer Polly Vacher, he was able to fly on to Australia, via New Zealand.
Awards and Records
In 2004, Johanson was also named the Adventurer of the Year by the Australian Geographic Society.
- "World of RVs - Jon Johanson: The Person". Van's Aircraft. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
- "Stranded adventurer offered three flights home". The Sydney Morning Herald. 11 December 2003. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
- Caldwell, Alison (13 December 2003). "Fellow aviator rescues Johanson's adventure". AM (Radio). Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
- "FAI Awards received by Jon JOHANSON (Australia)". Fédération Aéronautique Internationale. Archived from the original on 16 June 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2010.
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