14 Nov 2012

Jean Batten - Airscapade

From Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 2:11 pm on 14 November 2012

In 1936, New Zealand aviation legend Jean Batten set a world record flying her Percival Gull monoplane from England to New Zealand, more than 14 thousand miles. Six thousand people were there to greet her when she arrived at Mangere Aerodrome 10 and a half hours after leaving Sydney on the final leg. There won't be the same crowds this week when a group of intrepid flyers land in Auckland after re-tracing Jean Batten's flight in a DC3. Mechanical problems have delayed the last part of the journey, so the crew is in Hervey Bay on Australia's East Coast. French-based Kiwi Mark Oremland is the organiser of the "airscapade".