Jean Batten, HINE-O-TE-RANGI: Daughter of the Skies
She was the manifestation of triumph and hope against the odds through the dark days of the depression. In 1934 she smashed by six days Amy Johnson’s flight time between England and Australia. The following year she was the first woman to make the return flight. In 1936 she made the first ever direct flight between England and New Zealand and then the fastest ever trans-Tasman flight. Jean Batten was the ‘Garbo of the Skies’. She stood for adventure, daring, exploration and glamour. In her time Jean Batten was one of the most famous people in the world.
Principal Achievements: Flights
1933 De Havilland Gipsy Moth Biplane G-AALG* England - India.
1934 De Havilland Gipsy Moth Biplane G-AARB England - Australia (women's record) 10,500 miles in 14 days 22 hours 30 minutes.
1935 De Havilland Gipsy Moth G-AARB Australia - England in 17 days 15 hours. First woman to make return flight.
Percival Gull Monoplane G-ADPR England - Brazil: 5000 miles in 61 hours 15 minutes elapsed time. World record for any type of aeroplane. Also fastest crossing South Atlantic Ocean, 13 1/4 hours, and first woman to make England - South America flight.
1936 Percival Gull Monoplane G-ADPR England - New Zealand. World record for any type. 14,224 miles in 11 days 45 minutes total elapsed time, including 21/2 days in Sydney.
Also first direct flight from England to Auckland. Also world record for fastest flight between Australia and New Zealand (101/2 hours). Established on same flight: England - Australia solo record, 10,500 miles in 5 days 21 hours total elapsed time.
1937 Percival Gull Monoplane G-ADPR Australia - England solo record, 5 days 18 hours 15 minutes. First person to hold both England - Australia and Australia - England solo records at the same time.
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