[WORLDKINGS] Top 500 Constant World Records (P.398) Jerrie Mock (America): First woman to fly solo around the world


(worldkings.org) Geraldine "Jerrie" Fredritz Mock was born on November 22, 1925 and is an American pilot who flew a single engine Cessna 180 christened the Spirit of Columbus and nicknamed "Charlie" around around the world. On January 14, 2023, World Records Union (WorldKings) officially declared Jerrie Mock as the “First woman to fly solo around the world.”

Based on the world record nomination from America Records Institute (AMRI) and Decision No. WK/USA.INDIA/952/2023/No.408, World Records Union (WorldKings) officially declared Jerrie Mock as the “First woman to fly solo around the world” on January 14, 2023.

The trip began March 19, 1964, in Columbus, Ohio, and ended April 17, 1964, in Columbus, Ohio, tooks 29 days, 11 hours and 59 minutes, with 21 stopovers and almost 22,860 miles (36,790 km). The flight was funded by a loan from The Columbus Dispatch newspaper.

She travelled eastbound, over Morocco, Saudi Arabia, and Vietnam, among other countries. After stressful days traveling over the Atlantic, Mock was greeted by the president of the Aero Club of Morocco and stayed the night in a French home. Traveling the world gave Mock a new perspective and experiences.

On May 4, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson presented Mock with the Federal Aviation Administration's Exception Service Decoration. Jerrie Mock was subsequently awarded the Louis Blériot medal from the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in 1965. In 1970 she published the story of her round-the-world flight in the book Three-Eight Charlie.

At that time, when she started the flight, many considered it to be a contest about who would complete the round-the-world flight between Jerrie Mock and Joan Merriam Smith.

According to en.wikipedia.org and womenshistory.org

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