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First Woman Circumnavigator Dies at 88

  • Jerrie Mock
    Jerrie Mock in her Cessna 180 in which she flew around the world. – Photo credit: Courtesy of Jerrie Mock

October 3, 2014 - Jerrie Mock, the Columbus, Ohio, “housewife” who became the first woman to fly solo around the globe in her Cessna 180 in 1964, passed away in her Florida home on September 30. Her relatives said her ashes, per her request, will be spread over the Gulf of Mexico.

A story in the March 2014 issue of Sport Aviation commemorated the 50th anniversary of Mock’s trip. She was not a highly experienced pilot but in those days before GPS, or any advanced long-range navigation suitable for light airplanes, she circled the globe in 29 days, 11 hours, and 59 minutes. Her flight also set a speed record.

Mock’s historic first received some publicity at the time, including presentation of an FAA Gold Medal by then President Lyndon Johnson, but her success continues to be overshadowed by more flamboyant woman pilots who made the circumnavigation attempt and failed.

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