Transport: Flying Down to Rio

Down to a perfect landing at Natal, Brazil one afternoon last week slid a tiny, single-motored De Haviland-Gypsy biplane. Out of 'it, her sharp little face bright with joy, jumped a slim, 25-year-old girl who had just become the first woman to make a solo flight across the South Atlantic.* Hustling off for a cup of tea she said: "I'll fly on to Rio de Janeiro tomorrow."

The joyous pilot was a onetime New Zealand music student named Jean Batten. Abandoning her studies in London, she acquired a plane which once belonged to Edward of Wales,...

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