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Jean Batten

Through her own efforts, Jean became the most famous New Zealand aviator of her time.

Inspired by a joyride with Kingsford Smith, she travelled to England and learnt to fly there in 1930.

She flew a DH60 Moth from England to Australia in 1934 setting a woman's solo record time, and she was the first woman to complete the round trip solo back to England.

In 1936 she set a world record time of 11 days 45 minutes for the England to New Zealand flight of 14200 miles in a Percival Gull aircraft.

Society Publications . . .

There are two publications that the Society issues on a regular basis and sends to all members. These are:

THE AERO HISTORIAN * - issued in June, September, December and March during each membership year which runs from April to March - A4 size glossy, at least 32 pages, covering a wide range of topics and regular features with in-depth articles,and research items. You can read a feature article from a recent issue here.

* Previously Aerolegacy but retitled from March 2016.

AEROLOG - issued quarterly in conjunction with THE AERO HISTORIAN has updates to the Civil Aircraft Register, international movements, Accidents & Incidents, Society news, etc.

The Society also produces a number of special publications. These, plus back issues of THE AERO HISTORIAN and AEROLOG, are sold to supplement Society funds. Society members who have paid-up subscriptions get a 20% discount on listed prices. The following material is also available::

Union Airways - A Short History, 1936-1947

Zero - A Biography of Mitsubishi A6M3 NZ6000

Aero Index No.1 (Listing of Aeromodeller Scale Plans 1941-1981)

We Also Served - by Wally Ingram

New Zealand Tiger Moths 1938 - 2000
The definitivehistory in New Zealand of this versatile and highly regarded aircraft.
You can view details on this book here.

A Passion For Flight

New Zealand Aviation before the Great War.
A comprehensive three-volume coverage of aviation activity in New Zealand up to 1914.
You can view details on these books here.

Back issues & special publications inquiries – Errol Martyn, P O Box 6482, Upper Riccarton, Christchurch 8042 or

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updated 5May2016