Jean Batten

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Date of Birth September 15, 1909
Place of Birth New Zealand
Date of Death Nov 22, 1982 (73)
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Jean Batten

Jean Gardner Batten was a New Zealand aviatrix. Born in Rotorua, she became the best-known New Zealander of the 1930s, internationally, by making a number of record-breaking solo flights across the world. She made the first-ever solo flight from England to New Zealand in 1936.

About Jean Batten

Popular New Zealand aviatrix who broke multiple flying records during the 1930s.

Before Fame

She began planning for her record-breaking England-to-Australia flight while she was still studying for her pilot's license.


She became the first woman to fly solo across the South Atlantic Ocean.

Family Life

Her mother encouraged her dream of flying and signed her up for lessons with an Australian pilot.


She and Opal Kunz inspired future generations of female pilots.

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  • Britannia Trophy winners
  • New Zealand aviators
  • New Zealand recipients of the Légion d'honneur
  • Segrave Trophy recipients
  • Harmon Trophy winners
  • New Zealand Commanders of the Order of the British Empire
  • Female aviators
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