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Hello, yes back again and because while strolling through the Mong Kok stamp arcade this weekend I found some aviation stamps. This one I hope you enjoy seeing.

It was issued in 1990 as part of the New Zealand Heritage series recognising famous New Zealanders. Actually it was in the 5th issue of the series. I am surprised there were that many famous Kiwis. …..Only joking people.

Anyway this lady became the best-known New Zealander of the 1930s, internationally, by taking a number of record-breaking solo flights across the world. It was she who in 1936 made the first-ever solo flight from England to New Zealand.

Amazing person who you really will enjoy reading about. Some more trivia to whet your appetite:

She made two unsuccessful attempts to beat Amy Johnson’s  time to Australia. In April 1933 she hit two sandstorms before the engine failed, and wrecked the aircraft. She crash-landed near Karachi. On her return to London  the Castrol oil company bought her a second-hand Gipsy Moth for £240. She made another attempt in April 1934, but ran out of fuel at night on the outskirts of Rome.

In May 1934, she successfully flew solo from England to Australia in the Gipsy Moth. Her trip of 14 days and 22 hours beat the existing England-to-Australia record of English aviator Amy Johnson by over four days.  For this achievement and for subsequent record-breaking flights, she was awarded the Harmon Trophy three times from 1935 to 1937.

After her first Australia flight she bought a Percival Gull monoplane, G-ADPR, which was named Jean and is shown on the stamp. In 1935 she set a world record flying from England to Brazil in the Gull, for which she was presented the Order of the Southern Cross, the first person other than Royalty to be so honoured.  In 1936 she set another world record with a solo flight from England to New Zealand

Enjoy your flying and your stamps

Michael  www.cddstamps.com

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