Jerrie Mock—The Spirit of Columbus

Flying in her 11-year-old Cessna airplane with “Spirit of Columbus” emblazoned on its side, Jerrie Mock was the first woman to fly solo around the world.

Featuring the vocals of Columbus singers Emily Rogers, Amber Knicole, Jen Miller, and fifth grader Sophia Lenhart. Star Spangled Banner by Jake Shimabukuro.

The Columbus Foundation celebrated the 50th anniversary of this record-setting flight, and is proud to be home of the Jerrie Mock Pilot Club Fund, which supports a permanent recognition of Jerrie at Port Columbus International Airport.

The bronze sculpture, created by local artist Renate Fackler, was unveiled on April 17, 2014 — the anniversary of Jerrie’s successful landing back in Columbus, after 29 days and more than 22,000 miles. You can watch the unveiling in the brief video below: Sally Fingerett singing lyrics she wrote in honor of Jerrie Mock, the first woman to fly solo around the world, and a sculpture of the Spirit of Columbus pilot is unveiled at Port Columbus International Airport.

More than just the name of a plane that made history, The Spirit of Columbus is what distinguishes and inspires us today. From the arts to business, from restaurants to neighborhoods, from Sunday to game day, The Spirit of Columbus fuels and defines us today more than ever.

>> Listen below to a personal message from historymaker Jerrie Mock.  award_banner Collectively, our community is comprised of visionaries who exemplify the determination, dedication, and commitment to achieve remarkable things. This is The Spirit of Columbus—and Jerrie Mock is a defining example of that spirit. The Columbus Foundation created The Spirit of Columbus Award in 2013 to recognize individuals who have exhibited an exemplary community spirit through their accomplishments. On March 19, 2013 Jerrie was named the first honoree for this award, and a $5,000 grant established the Jerrie Mock Pilot Club Fund. Learn more about the 2013 Award Winners here and 2014 Award Winner, Denny Griffith, here.

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