The first woman to fly solo around the world
50 years ago this spring, Ohio native Jerrie Mock flew solo around the world. She was the first woman to do so. Taking off from and landing in Columbus, Ohio, Jerrie piloted her cream and crimson Cessna, Spirit of Columbus, more than 23,000 miles in 29 days.
Help us share Jerrie’s story
We’ve created two ways for you to help us share Jerrie’s story and move her Spirit of Columbus to the Mall.
Beginning Thursday April 17th in all of our scoop shops, free, stamped Spirit of Columbus postcards will be available for you to send to the director of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Just sign the card and we’ll send it off to D.C.
let’s move it to the mall
The Jerrie Mock Turtle Sundae
If the great Ohioan Jerrie Mock could fly an airplane around the world by herself, the least we could do is whip up a sundae in her honor—the Jerrie Mock Turtle Sundae:
Ndali Estate Vanilla Bean ice cream
Extra-Bitter Hot Fudge and Salty Caramel sauces
An Amarena cherry
Fresh whipped cream
A waffle wedge
The multi-layered beauty is available in all of our Ohio scoop shops beginning today. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Jerrie Mock Club Fund at the Columbus Foundation.
29 days, 11 hours, 59 minutes.
23,103 miles. One woman. One plane.
When Ohio native Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock landed the “Spirit of Columbus” on April 17th 1964, she became the first woman to fly around the world and set a round-the-world speed record. President Lyndon Baines Johnson awarded Mock the Federal Aviation Administration’s Exceptional Service Decoration upon her return to Columbus.
Nearly 50 years after Mock’s achievement, the spirit of Columbus is very much alive in the vision, courage, and dedication of its citizens. For two centuries, the city at the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers has prospered and bloomed—it’s recognized as a national and international leader in technology, education, aviation and much more.
Proceeds from this limited-edition T-Shirt will benefit the Jerrie Mock Pilot Club Fund at The Columbus Foundation.
Available online and in our Columbus scoop shops.
On her journey, Jerrie carried 1,000 souvenir airmail covers—envelopes that included an
Amelia Earhart stamp and the postmark “Columbus, Ohio, March 19, 1964.” In honor of her historic feat, we have produced 1,000 stationery sets, and encourage you to send a note to Jerrie. Her accomplishment and place in our community’s history deserve recognition—and now’s the time to do it. We will compile all the letters received into a fitting tribute to share with Jerrie and the world.
Passion. Determination. Perseverance. On the 50th anniversary, we celebrate this record-setting flight and recognize that each of us has the power for greatness.
Where will your spirit take you?
Visit our retail stores today to pick up your stationery set. Quantities are limited!