Wednesday, January 25, 2012

ABC: Letter B for Jean Batten.

Jean Batten was a record setting female explorer and pioneer aviator who left her mark in aviation history.

A memorial and the Auckland International airport dedicated to Jean Batten.

That's me, trying to walk/fly in Jean's foot steps in a bi-plane , a tiger moth.

Jean Batten - Pioneer Pilot, New Zealand's number one daughter.

Adventurous, glamorous and daring, pilot Jean Batten's record-breaking flights between 1933 and 1937 made her possibly the most famous New Zealander of the decade. In October 1937, aged 28, Batten made her final long distance flight, from Australia to England in 5 days 18 hours. The flight set a solo record for pilots of either sex.

Batten's highly publicised long distance flights earned her international celebrity



Tina´s PicStory said...

nice shots! thanks for the onion info :)

Reader Wil said...

How brave you are, Ann, to go up in a Tiger Moth. Thank you for your story of your name. So you have a name day?
Thanks! Have a great week! Wil from ABC Wednesday team.

Gattina said...

Interesting, I didn't know her and you really tried to fly ?

TexWisGirl said...

what a daring soul!

photowannabe said...

I'm very impressed that you went up in the Tiger Moth.
A very nice tribute to Jean Batten. I wasn't familiar with her either.
To answer your question about the bicycle.
It was a vintage bike in a heritage museum. The bike had huge wheels and very narrow rims. I believe it was from the early 1900's.
I never took a picture of the entire thing.

Roger Owen Green said...

Yeah, you are a BRAVE one.

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

George said...

Thanks for a very interesting and informative post. I must admit that I had not heard of Jean Batten before. I'm glad New Zealand has honored her so well.

Ginny Hartzler said...

I have never heard of this lady. Did you go up in this plane? Have you flown much, in small planes? You are so much braver than me!!!

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said...

Yes, I 'flew" the Tiger moth"
No, I didn't fly, I mean I was in the plane, but I wasn't allowed to touch the controls.
So I was just a passenger.
Still it was a lovely experience, a tick off my bucket list.

Felisol said...

I admire you, embarking an old Tiger Moth. I'd never would have had the guts doing so, even as a passenger.P.S. My daughter would have given anything in the world to be in New Zealand now with Martin Freeman and the lot. I guess she's geeky enough even to fly a Tiger Moth to get there.

Wanda said...

How very exciting Ann....Love your story and your pictures. I would do that in a flash!

My dad got his pilot license when I was 8 years old, and I loved going up in small planes with him, and have loved to fly ever since. Best trip ever was from Paris California to Portland Maine in a 4 passenger Sesna ~ trip of a lifetime.

rainfield61 said...

You are brave. I am not.

Suzy said...

A nice bit of New Zealand history. thanks for sharing.

The Poet said...

Hello Ann.
Look at you..."Pilot" Ann! LOL
I bet that was an exciting experience...one you'll not forget anytime soon. Well done!
Nice photo & informative post.
Thanks for sharing & visiting. Your comments are always appreciated.

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