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.
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