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Columbus, Ohio: Statue of the Flying Housewife

Dubbed "The Flying Housewife," Geraldine "Jerrie" Mock did what Amelia Earhart couldn't: she flew around the world and lived to tell about it. And she did it from Columbus, Ohio flying an 11-year old single-engine Cessna. The statue by sculptor Renate Burgyan Fackler was unveiled April 17, 2014, the 50th anniversary of the end of her trip.

4600 International Gateway, Columbus, OH
Port Columbus International Airport. The statue is on the same floor as ticketing check-in, across from the Delta Airlines ticket counter.
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Flying Housewife.

Statue of the Flying Housewife

The Flying Housewife is in the airport by the Delta Ticket counter.

[Sandra Mitchell, 10/15/2016]

Flying Housewife.

Statue of the Flying Housewife

Geraldine "Jerrie" Mock was the first woman to fly solo around the world. She left Columbus, Ohio, on March 19, 1964, and returned 29 days later on April 17, 1964, covering nearly 22,800 miles and making 21 stops along the way. She became interested in flying when she was seven years old and studied aeronautical engineering at Ohio State University.

Always a modest woman, she avoided the limelight, claiming her flight was not that extraordinary.

Her statue was dedicated in May 2014 and another is planned for her hometown of Newark, Ohio. In addition to the statue, there is a display called the "Legacy of Leadership," which chronicles the airport's history.

[signmanjoe, 08/16/2014]

Oct. 2014: Signmanjoe informs: "Jerry died in her sleep at age 88 on September 30, 2014. Respecting her last wishes, she was cremated and her ashes were scattered in the Gulf of Mexico so she could make one last trip around the world."

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