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Jean Batten - The Garbo of the Skies

Television (Full Length) – 1988

Wendy Watson-Ekstein
Wendy Watson-Ekstein
3 Apr 2020 - 06.31pm
I thoroughly enjoyed this documentary. I especially liked the psychological aspects it explored and the rich detail it provided, particularly compared to the superficial, glossy spin of the 2016 movie.
Richard Price
Richard Price
2 Nov 2012 - 03.14am
Ihave always wanted to see this film. I contacted Ian Makersey around 3 yrs ago to tell him a little anecdote.........In Oct 1979 I had recently learned to fly and flew with a friend to the PFA rally at Cranfield. There were rows of small marquees occupied by various vendors. At the end of one row sat a lady at a small round table with a piles of books around her. I went over to see....It was Jean Batten,all alone. Nobody seemed interested in her and I had never heard of her.. I went over to her and we nstruck up a conversation about flying over a cup of tea together.....and she gave me a signed copy of her book...'Alone in the Sky. I have never forgotten that day...Tea with one of the greatest women aviators of all time. May she continue to rest in peace.

Richard Price,London


Chris Snabel
Chris Snabel
26 Jun 2012 - 10.24am
this was a great tv documentry, great books, great woman.
Bruce Roy
Bruce Roy
20 May 2012 - 09.23pm
Having read her autobiography 'My Life' and searched around the internet archives, I cannot help but be absolutely astounded and impressed by her extraordinary achievements. Maybe she became a bit of a strange woman as a result, but she was certainly a brilliant aviator and would have needed to be very tough between her ears to achieve what she did. And we should be very proud that she she is one of our kind, a New Zealander.
Gary Sewall
Gary Sewall
20 Mar 2011 - 05.32pm
I own and fly an original 1929 Gipsy Moth as was shown in this wonderful aviation documentary about Jean Batten. Thank you so much for producing it.
A Williamson
A Williamson
25 Aug 2010 - 08.15am
I met and spoke with Jean Batten during a visit to Motat in Auckland when I was a teenager. I didn't realize until many years later that this was a rare and privileged experience. Now I have my memories and her autobiography which she signed for me.
Barbara Peterson
Barbara Peterson
26 Jul 2010 - 01.16pm
Great doc. Thanks for sharing!
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