Batten, Jean.


Shrewsbury, rep., 1979. 190 pp., several photo-ills., + ills. D.j., 22 x 14cm. V.G. The author, 1909-87, was a New Zealand pioneer aviator. She came to England in 1929 and at 21 took her pilot’s and ground engineer licences. In 1934, in a Gypsy Moth, she broke Amy Johnson’s record for the flight from England to Australia by nearly five days. She became the first woman to complete the return journey and in 1935 flew over the South Atlantic to Argentina. Retiring from active flying in the 1940’s, she remained an enthusiastic supporter of British aeronautics.

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