Jon Johanson

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Jon Johanson's RV-4 on display at the Port Adelaide aviation museum in 2009

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.[1]


In 1995 Johanson flew easterly around the world and made a stop over flight at Oshkosh, Wisconsin at the EAA. In 1996 he made another stop over flight to Oshkosh, Wisconsin for the EAA, then Johanson flew his second around the world flight going westerly. On his third around the world flight in 2000, Johanson set four aviation world records. As he was flying over the North Pole the cold air cracked his windscreen.[2] 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.[3] After a fuel donation by fellow adventurer Polly Vacher, he was able to fly on to Australia, via New Zealand.[4]

Awards and records[edit]

In 2004 Johanson was awarded the FAI Gold Air Medal by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI); it is one of the organisations highest awards. At the time he held 47 FAI world records.[5]

In 2004, Johanson was also named the Adventurer of the Year by the Australian Geographic Society.

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "World of RVs - Jon Johanson: The Person". Van's Aircraft. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
  2. ^ Johanson Round-the-World- Over-the-North Pole Flight Retrieved September 25, 2018
  3. ^ "Stranded adventurer offered three flights home". The Sydney Morning Herald. 11 December 2003. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
  4. ^ Caldwell, Alison (13 December 2003). "Fellow aviator rescues Johanson's adventure". AM (Radio). Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2 January 2010.
  5. ^ "FAI Awards received by Jon JOHANSON (Australia)". Fédération Aéronautique Internationale. Archived from the original on 16 June 2011. Retrieved 2 March 2010.