Mrs Elise Battye

 photo: 1931, aged 39  

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"On an income of £1,000 a year, Mrs Elise Battye keeps a small house within thirty miles of London, a Morris Minor as an essential adjunct to the scheme, and a Moth aeroplane. In the latter she flies 180 to 200 hours a year for under £250 all told.

She flies constantly to the Isle of Wight, Gloucestershire and Norfolk - to the last two as many as three times a month - and all these places are unpleasant to get to by any other means." [this is still true, of course]

[The average salary in 1934 was less than £200 a year]


Elise owned:

- a 1930 DH.60G Gipsy Moth G-AAYL, and then

- a 1935 Miles M.2H Hawk Major, G-ADLA, which was sold to South Africa in 1939.


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