Jerrie Mock was interviewed for last week’s Women of Aviation Week, by Carol Ann Garrett, another ’round-the-world flier:
Dorothy Cochrane, curator of The Spirit of Columbus at the Smithsonian, wrote a super blog about Jerrie: blog.nasm.si.edu/
Read this great article by Todd McClamroch. He includes a great interactive map of her trip!
Jerrie Mock 1st Woman to Fly Solo Around the World
This is the 50th Anniversary of Jerrie’s record-setting around the world solo flight. She took off on March 19 from Port Columbus Airport and returned on April 17, 1964. Join us to celebrate this historic accomplishment.
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Come along with us as we follow her progress. Each day of Jerrie’s trip, from March 19 – April 17, we’ll post updates of where Jerrie was, 50 years ago, on her record setting flight around the world.
On Twitter: @Fly38Charlie
On Facebook: www.facebook.com/Fly38Charlie
Help us spread the news of our aviation heroine, Jerrie Mock!
Statue Unveiling and Press Conference
On the morning of April 17, a bronze statue of Jerrie will be unveiled in the main terminal of Port Columbus International Airport. There will be a collectible Postal Cancellation created for the day, so bring your addressed envelopes and have them postmarked with an image of Jerrie’s Cessna N1538C. Bexley Middle School students have participated in an essay contest and the winners, chosen by Jerrie, will be announced during this special event.
Honorary Reenactment of Jerrie’s Historic Landing
To conclude Jerrie’s adventure, on April 17 at 9:36 p.m. (her return time 50 years ago), Martha Lunken will fly her Cessna 180 into Port Columbus to honor the end of Jerrie’s record setting flight. Ms. Lunken, female pilot extraordinaire for 52 years, is an FAA Examiner, contributor to Flying magazine and owner of the type of plane Jerrie flew. The Spirit of Columbus Chapter of Women in Aviation International will host a reception at Landmark Aviation (E 5th Ave) to welcome Martha and toast Jerrie. To participate, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Jerrie Mock will be honored as one of SUNNY 95’S 20 OUTSTANDING WOMEN who are moving mountains in central Ohio and beyond – they’ve stepped up and followed their passions and made our world a better place. The event is Friday, January 24, 2014 and admission is Free. More information is at
Next year marks the 50th anniversary of Jerrie’s record-setting flight. We need your help to establish a USA Postage stamp created in Jerrie’s honor. Although they have guidelines requesting three years notice of an event, we think that if many of us make the request, it may increase our chances of making it happen. Please write a quick note to:
Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee
c/o Stamp Development
U.S. Postal Service
475 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Room 3300
Washington, DC 20260-3501
We’re excited to be heading to Oshkosh for a week at EAA Airventure. We look forward to connecting with the aviation community and sharing Jerrie Mock’s story. We’ll be in the Author’s Corner with signed books on Fri, April 2nd from 9–11 and Sat, April 3rd from 12–2, and will be speaking about Jerrie in Forum 2 on Saturday at 2:30. Three-Eight Charlie will be available in the EAA Warehouse, and in DreamBigFlyers Booth 827. Come by and say hi. If you have a memory about Jerrie and this flight, or were inspired by her, or if you have a suggestion about an event to honor her, please stop by and share it with us. Jerrie wants her story made into a movie so if you see Harrison Ford or John Travolta, point them toward Booth 827. We look forward to seeing many EAA and WAI members and telling Jerrie Mock’s story!
September 14th will see a statue of Jerrie Mock unveiled at The Works in Newark, OH. We’re excited to honor her and raise awareness right here in her hometown. But now we’re setting our sights on a bigger audience …. we have permission to place a statue of Jerrie in the Port Columbus International Airport so that many more travelers will learn about this great aviation heroine. We hope to install it on the 50th Anniversary of her return to CMH – April 17, 2014. But first we need to raise the money to do so. To help us reach our goal, please send a tax-deductible contribution to:
The Columbus Foundation
1234 E. Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43205-1453
Attn: The Jerrie Mock Pilot Club Fund (#2695)
or to make a donation online, go to:
The Jerrie Mock sculpture has been completed in clay, and is headed to the foundry to become a bronze statue! The sculpture dedication will be at The Works in Newark, OH on Saturday, September 14, 2013 at 2:00. We hope this will be a banner event, bringing together Jerrie’s hometown community of Newark, family from across the state, and members of the aviation community from around the country.
We are so proud that the cover of the 50th Anniversary Edition of Three-Eight Charlie has been incorporated into the statue! It was a natural fit, since it includes an image of her plane circling a globe, and the words “Jerrie Mock, First woman to fly solo around the world in 1964.”
Pictured in the photo (L to R): Mary Kelley, Bill Kelley and Susan Reid (founders of the Jerrie Mock Sculpture Fund at the Licking County Foundation), sculptor Renate Fackler, and publisher Wendy Hollinger.
For information on the sculptor, visit: www.chrysalissculpturestudio.com
For information on The Works, visit: www.attheworks.org
To learn more about Jerrie Mock, read her book, Three-Eight Charlie, which you can purchase at the “Shop” button on this site.
Ladies Love Taildraggers Fly-in
Thank you so much for donating the book to our Lady Taildraggers fly-in – what a wonderful surprise. I can honestly say it was a huge hit and many of us were envious of the lady that got to take it home. Lisa Heinze from Charleston, WV was the winner and seemed thrilled to have it. I’m attaching a photo of Lisa with the book after it was awarded Saturday evening. There were quite a few men at our fly-in but we made sure only lady taildragger pilots were eligible to receive the book.