Story: Aviation

Jean Batten

Jean Batten

In 1934 Jean Batten flew solo from England to Australia, achieving the fastest time for a woman pilot. She is pictured (left) with Governor-General Lord Bledisloe and Lady Bledisloe at Rongotai airport, Wellington, on a visit to New Zealand after her epic flight. Two years later she broke all records, by both men and women, for the England–Australia flight.

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Peter Aimer, 'Aviation - Crossing the Tasman', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 July 2024)

Story by Peter Aimer, published 12 Jun 2006