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Jean Gardner Batten CBE OSC (15 September 1909 – 22 November 1982) was a New Zealand aviator. 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.
Read the rest of Jean’s unique story at Wikipedia. The “Garbo of the Skies” lived an unusual life and suffered an equally unusual death.