Airports named for aviation pioneers: Auckland Airport

My “At the Airport” column on USAToday.com last week was all about airports and airport terminals in the United States named for aviation pioneers.  You can see that story and photos from many of those airports here, on StuckatTheAirport.com.

There was, of course, not enough room to list all the U.S. airports with links to aviation history, nor to mention some notable international ones, such as the International Terminal at Auckland Airport, which is named for New Zealand aviatrix Jean Gardner Batten (1909-1982).

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In the 1930s, Batten became well-known for taking a number of record-breaking solo flights across the world, including the first-ever solo flight from England to New Zealand in 1936.

Her Percival Gull airplane is on display in the terminal.

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