New Port Columbus Statue Honors Jerrie Mock

A statue of Jerrie Mock was dedicated at Port Columbus Airport to commemorate the 50th anniversary of becoming the first woman to complete a solo flight around the world.(Photo: WOSU Public Media)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – An Ohio woman’s history-making flight has been memorialized with a newly unveiled statue in Columbus.

The Columbus Regional Airport Authority and The Columbus Foundation are commemorating the 50th anniversary of Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock’s solo flight around the world. She was the first female pilot to accomplish that feat.

A bronze, life-sized statue depicting Mock holding a globe went on display Thursday at Port Columbus, the airport where she landed her single-engine Cessna 180 on April 17, 1964.

Mayor Michael Coleman told some 230 people gathered for the ceremony that her “Spirit of Columbus” was a “great name” for her plane. The 88-year-old Mock was unable to attend.

The statue in the airport ticket lobby will eventually become part of a “Legacy of Leadership” exhibit, according to the Columbus Dispatch.