Jerrie Mock

This post is about Jerrie Mock. You probably never heard of Jerrie. She is the woman who completed the flight around the world that Amelia Earhart that couldn’t complete. Jerries interest in aviation was sparked when she went up in a plane  with her father when she was 7 years old.  Jerrie  told her father she was going to fly around the world like her idol Amelia Earhart. 

In high school Jerrie was the only girl who took a course in engineering.  She never wanted to do what girls did. “She said that was boring. She believed that girls were only interested in finding a boyfriend and getting married. “Jerrie was an extraordinary person doing everyday things.” 

Jerrie didn’t follow her dream at first when she followed the path of other girls. This new path began when she married Jerrie Russell Mock an advertising executive in 1945. Soon they had they had three children and Jerries life revolved her family. Time passed and she told her husband that she was bored. Russell said “Why don’t you fly around the world.” Jerrie replied “Maybe I will.” This was the beginning of Jerries life long hope of completing what Amelia could not.

She received her private pilots license in 1958. She had only had 750 hours of solo time but she was determined to make this trip anyway. Seven years later she received her license.  She received her private pilots license in 1958. She had only had 750 hat to take on her flight but she was determined to make this flight.Seven years after she got her license she started her journey. This amount of time may mean a lot but that was not for anyone wanting to fly over two oceans. She found the plane that she would use and named it “The Spirit of Columbus.” It was old plane but she covered up the cracks in the eleven year old engine. She was told that she needed more power than one engine but she decided that’s what she wanted. 

Russell began to control her. Russell also wanted Jerrie to keep flying and insisted  her to fly when Jerrie felt the weather was not conducive to flying.  Putnam. He insisted when and where she should fly. He wanted her to send articles to newspapers and give speeches about her flight. Jerrie didn’t like writing or speaking engagements. Jerrie was very angry about Russell controlling her. Her husband was a showman and Jerrie was a housewife that only like to fly. It created animosity between the two. Maybe this contributed to their divorce.

Later Jerrie would write her memoir entitled “Three O’clock Charlie. This book was named after the tail number on her plane.

Before taking off she did what other women did before leaving on a vacation she went to get her hair done. Jerrie wasn’t like other women who were going to Miami. She was going to fly around the world. Seven years after receiving her license she started her journey. This amount of time may seem a lot but that’s not much for a pilot to fly across two oceans.

During this extraordinary flight encountered engine trouble, sandstorms, and even  problems when she wanted to land in countries where women weren’t even allowed to drive.

I wish I had met in Columbus, Ohio. I found the information I have presented from her book Three O’Clock Jerrie. I learned about her when I went the International Women’s Air & and Space Museum and The  Jerrie Mock Story.

Jerrie believed women can do anything. She believed women should keep striving to make their dreams come true…no matter how long it take.

Jerries accomplishments :

First woman to fly around the world

First woman to fly across both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans

Received the Federal Gold Medal award for distinguished service award

Award from the institute of Aeronics and service award

Glenn h. Curtiss Silver Medal for her achievement in aviation

Received award from President Lyndon B. Johnson

Johnson who  gave her an award for her courageous flight.

anted to live  Therefore no one knew her name.

The Spirit of Columbus hangs in the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum

She appeared on the many television shows and even to meet with President Lyndon

Jerrie died  on September 30, 2004.Her daughter and had a small funeral but wanted the world to about her mother. She didn’t want her flight to go unnoticed. Her achievement was in the history books but not like her . This was sad but that’s the way she wanted to be remembered.

I learned about Jerrie when I visited the International Women’s Air and Space Museum in Columbus, Ohio. I had never heard of her before. Jerrie believed that everyone should keep striving to make their dreams come true.

Blue Skies and Calm Winds To All

Information from the books: the Jerrie Mock story Nancy Roe Pimm

Three O’Clock Charlie; Jerrie Mock

Internet sites: author Amy Saunders


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