The Tipton Daily Tribune from Tipton, Indiana on March 9, 1971 · Page 11
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The Tipton Daily Tribune from Tipton, Indiana · Page 11

Tipton, Indiana
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Tuesday, March 9, 1971
Page 11
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wr , ~ M,t ^ r « •$* 4-*e-*ir #• ^W**^* V'1-—~- / ,?- »_ -T JERRIE MOCK First Woman To Fly Around The World Continues To Set Records by Irving Wallace ; "Success as well as failure, begins within your mind. To succeed believe! to conquer fear-— exercise faith!" says Dr. Napoleon Hill, world famous . .writer and lecturer whose book on philosophy of success sold 10 million copies. ••-•'• •'.. . Jerrie Mock of Columbus, Ohio, -would have been an. ideal example for Dr. Hill, although the pattern of her life has been one of her own. The theme through the years has been to budget her time to accomplish the things she wanted to do. In so doing she has become a living legend. And she is to be Watched for she has many things on her agenda to be accomplished. She says she has only started. 'When I was seven years old I was given a ride in a Ford Tri-Mptor airplane," Jerrie said. "I told my parents then that I was going to be a pilot. Later, wherv 10 years old, I told .friends that someday I was going to fly around the world. Even then I reasoned the World was out there in infinitive and I was going to see it." : In 1964 she planned her first around-the-world flight. This ultimately grew into not only the fulfilling of a girlhood ambition but a record-breaking flight that rocketed her into fame. She became the first woman to fly around the world. The month- long trip had^her flying alope for more than 20,000 miles as she crossed two oceans and three continents. ' . • ' " : ; : ' ' ... During last year, this petite, brunette — barely five 'feet, tali in high heels -—collected nine U. S. speed records and nine world speed records, all sanctioned and approved. The former by the National Aeronautical Association and the latter by Federation Aeroautique Internationale. That was but part of her activities in one yearns time. Back " over the years there never has been a dull moment for her. -':• ' : She first, took pre-flight training in high school— and studied aeronautics in college along with. other courses including radio. She was not able to put her pre-flight and aeronautic studies to use until 1956. . , ;• . "-• In 1966, Jerrie recaptured the Amelia Earhart title with her straight line distance flight from Hawaii to Columbus. This record had been held by three Russian Air Force women. . Jerrie is the first woman to fly both the Atlantic and Pacific — and the first woman to fly the Pacific from west to east in any type of aircraft and the first woman to make a'solo single-engine crossing of th Her record-breaking around-the-world plane, "The Spirit of' Columbus" (Cessna 180), is currently in storage at the Cessna factory/waiting to be installed for posterity in the Smithsonian Institute — the home of Charles Lindbergh's "Spirit of St. Louis." . " • One time in. Manila she encountered an unusual experience, one foreign to 'her .up. to that time. She was to learn that some male mechanics resented female pilots. "They put the fuel lines together .wrong and I couldn't get them to correct their mistakes," she Jerrie is shown within SO minutes of her take-off on "h~erMstoric-around'the-world~8olo-flight-on-the^morn^. ing of March 19,1964. She had been delayed for a few said. They refused to pick up a tool as long as I watched them. I leftjb walk'around Jn hope of seeing their boss but when I returned they had .gotten busy and it all had been changed." She recalls one time in Cairo: "When I returned to get my plane a man looked at me in surprise and apparently thought I was a tourist who had a .mixed up travel .schedule. He wanted to see my ticket. He explained there was no commercial flight due in or out. I finally got him over to a moments while mechanics replaced faulty lights in her _compass. (Note mechaniJ8joo± extending from cabin door.) (Columbus Dispatch photo)— •—- —•- hangar door and pointed out my plane. He shook his head and just couldn't believe I was its pilot. He went away for some hejp, mumbling something about me being a woman, too small, etc." When Jerrie made her famous 1964 flight newspapers reported how she sang opera numbers to relieve the loneliness. "I'm not much of a singer," she will tell. "My husband teases me by telling me I should sing in the shower where no one will hear me. .I'll admit that I often sing when flying alone."

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