Jean Batten

Jean Batten
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  • In 1909, Jean was born to a Frederick and Ellen Batten. They were a family of five, and she had two older brothers. Her mother supported her greatly in her piloting career.
  • Just before her 18th birthday, and Australian pilot Charles Kingsford Smith took her on a flight in his aeroplane.
  • Although she was a gifted pianist, she was determined to become a pilot after what Charles showed her.
  • When she was 20, she and her mother moved to London to join an aeroplane club. When she was 21 she took her first solo flight. This was hard for her, as there were not many women in this club, and many of the men didn't trust her to fly a plane. Some of them even wanted to marry her.
  • Pff... a woman?
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  • Will you marry me?
  • After two unsuccessful attempts, Jean Batten finally broke the record of time flying from England to Australia, flying in just over two weeks. She was the first woman ever to make a return flight and to fly from England to South America. Jean was the fastest person to fly from England to Brazil, and from England to New Zealand.
  • Jean Batten's legacy still lives on. A school is named after her, and ten schools have houses named after her. There are streets in 5 cities named after Jean, and so is a bank and an airport terminal.
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