Norman Hogwood sends us this information -
You will be familiar with the song “Anything you can do I can do better”.
Well, Kiwi aviatrix Jean Batten beat Amy Johnson’s record in 1934 by a whopping 4 days, also flying a
Because of her striking looks, her glamorous appearance at receptions (she always took a dress with her on her record-breaking flights), and her later reclusive ways, Batten became known as the "Greta Garbo of the skies".
Women of Aviation Week (
The crew, controller and a female aviation technician took part in a news conference at YVR to mark International Women's Day (March 8) and celebrate the granting of the first pilot licence to a female in 1910. According to the Institute for Women of Aviation Worldwide the numbers of women working in aviation remain stubbornly far below the ratios achieved in most other professions and in some cases are even dropping despite events like this organized by this group and others.
The rest of the week was highlighted by more than 100 events around the world aimed at showing girls and women that aviation careers are open to them. In many of those events, women and girls who have never flown in a small aircraft before will go for a short flight provided by a volunteer pilot. More than 15,000 flights are expected and girls who register their flights can win a variety of prizes. Those inspired to take flying lessons can win scholarships toward further flight training by being the first, second and third participants to solo an aircraft after taking a WOAW week introductory flight.