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DC3 arrives in Te Anau

GWYNETH HYNDMAN
Last updated 13:25 19/11/2012
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BARRY HARCOURT/Fairfax NZ
The Te Anau Volunteer Fire service welcomes a DC3 as it arrives at the Te Anau-Manapouri airport after it followed the Jean Batten flight from the UK.

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Bright blue skies in Te Anau were perfect conditions for the arrival of a restored DC3 aircraft that has retraced the 22,000 kilometre trip made by Kiwi aviator Jean Batten 76 years ago.

The plane landed safely in Te Anau at noon today and was greeted with a welcome haka.

Destination Fiordland manager Kate Hebblethwaite said the weather was perfect and there was a really good buzz around Te Anau as crowds turned up for the landing at Te Anau Airport.

Te Anau Lodge owner Mark Oremland has headed up the three-week venture from England to Auckland, to closely follow the famous record-breaking flight in 1936 by Batten, who was only 27 when she became the first person to make the solo trip.

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