Spirit of Columbus

A lot of people say they want to travel the world, but Newark’s own Jerrie Mock actually accomplished this feat in 1964 when she became the first woman to fly solo around the world. She took off in her Cessna 180 plane nicknamed “Spirit of Columbus” from Port Columbus International Airport on March 19, 1964 (after a brief delay of course…). The entire trip took 29 days, 11 hours, and 59 minutes. It included 18 city visits and covered 22,103 miles. After landing back in Columbus on April 17, 1964, Mock was awarded the Federal Aviation Agency’s “Decoration for Exceptional Service” by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Her flight was also certified as a round-the-world speed record for an aircraft weighing less than 3,858 pounds.

Jerrie gained an interest in flying at the age of 7 when she flew in the cockpit of a Ford Trimotor airplane with her father. Mock graduated from Newark High School in 1943 and later attended the Ohio State University majoring in aeronautical engineering. She was one of just a few females in this concentration. Following her days at Ohio State, she continued flying as a hobby. Jerrie obtained her pilot’s license at the age of 32. At the time of her historic flight, she was a 38 year old housewife and had only logged 700 flight hours.  


Spirit of Columbus





Photo via: The Columbus Dispatch


Flight Path

1. Columbus, Ohio
2. Bermuda, Bahamas
3. Santa Maria, Azores
4. Casablanca, Morocco
5. Annaba, Algeria
6. Tripoli, Libya
7. Cairo, Egypt
8. Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
9. Karachi, Pakistan
10. Delhi, India
11. Calcutta, India
12. Bangkok, Thailand
13. Manila, Philippines
14. Guam
15. Wake Island
16. Honolulu, Hawaii
17. Oakland, California
18. Tucson, Arizona