Google Doodle today is celebrating valor and feats of the great Jean Batten. Batten, who’s 107th birthday is today has been shown through a graphic with a plane. Jean, a New Zealand aviator became immortal in history after defeating failures right back. Popularly known as ‘Greta Garbo of the skies’ for her appealing looks and striking personality, the women aviator is one of the most celebrated women in history.
The aviator, who belonged to Rotorua is known for her record-breaking flights made across the world.
A commoner’s story towards becoming the greatest of all, Batten’s journey is all the inspiration you’d need to start your day. Batten’s birthday today does mark an important date in the history of the brave.
A talented pianist, Jean decided to become a pilot at 18. The inspiration came after she took a trip with Charles Kingford Smith, another Australian pilot. And that one flight was enough to make Jean flap her wings.
She soon moved to England to learn aviation from the London Aeroplane Club. But nothing comes easy! And after taking two unsuccessful flights in the year 1930, the girl’s determination just got more wielded. After the shattering performance, what happened was the proof that persistent effort is all you need to make your dreams come alive. In 1934, Jean not only took a solo flight from England to Australia but did that in a way that the World sat back and noticed. In a record timing of 14 days and 22 hours, in the Gipsy Moth, the lady broke the record of another English aviator by a whooping four days!
Needless to say, the accolades followed with the Harmon Trophy, the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale medal (aviation’s highest honor).