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Jean Batten was born in Rotorua in 1909 the 15th of September. She lived in Rotorua for 4 years then moved cities and stayed in New Zealand being a kiwi. She had no sister but two older brothers.
Jean Batten was 24 when in 1933 she made her first attempt to fly from England to Australia on her own in a very small plane. In 1929 aged 20 on a visit to Australia she had her first flying experience in the famous Southern Cross plan.
She was the fastest one to fly over the South Atlantic Ocean. She got caught in a violent sand storm over Arabian Desert and when she landed she had to sit on the plane’s wing to prevent it from blowing away. She had to make a crash landing in Pakistan when her propeller broke. This ended her first attempt. She tried again later that year but ran out of fuel and had to crash land in Rome.
Jean Battens first achievement was the Auckland airport has been renamed ‘Jean batten International Airport’ in her honour and visitors can see her statue at the entrance of the airport. In 1936 she achieved her goal which was ultimately to fly from England to New Zealand her hometown.
By Jaime Lyle
Article posted May 24, 2012 at 06:05 PM •
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