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April 17, 1964

 

 

 

America’s “Flying Housewife” becomes the first woman to complete a solo flight around the world.

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Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock

  • Housewife in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Studied aeronautical engineering at Ohio State University, but left school early to get married.
  • She got her private pilot license with her husband between the births of her sons and daughter.
  • Mock’s husband reportedly jokingly told her to fly around the world when she talked about being bored at home. So she did.
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“I didn’t think it was such a great thing; it was just lots of fun.”

Jerrie Mock reflecting on her journey 50 years after completing the trip. When she was 38-years-old, she left her husband and 3 children (17-year-old, 16-year-old & 3-year-old) to spend 29 days flying around the world solo. During the journey, she managed a potentially deadly fire, brake failure, and wore a blue drip-dry skirt and kitten heels when outside of the plane.
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Mesmerized by flight as a little girl, Mock was 11-years-old when Amelia Earhart disappeared attempting her around-the-world flight. Like Earhart, Mock broke numerous flight records, but she insisted until her death that she flew mostly for fun.

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