One never fathoms or fully understands air movements and it’s a perpetual challenge, and a very exhilarating one. It can be very lonely. I think in life one has to be frightened every now and again. It does one good and makes one appreciate the wonderful experience living is.– Record breaking glider pilot Dick Jorgenson
The first successful solo trans-Tasman crossing ended unconventionally, to say the least. For Guy Menzies landed, not on a smooth brown paddock but in a West Coast Pakihi swamp.– Peter Clements on the end to Guy Menzies trans-Tasman flight
Our idea was pioneering for the air routes. I remember that last part — the Tasman crossing — very vividly because I was very tired, but I was determined to go on. Looking back now nothing could compensate me for this thrill of being the very first person ever to have landed at Mangere from England.– Jean Batten, recalls becoming the first woman to fly the Tasman, en route from England.