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Jerrie Mock Takes Off!

On March 19, 1964, Ohioan Jerrie Mock stepped into her single-engine Cessna, “Spirit of Columbus,” and into history as the first woman to fly solo around the world. Traveling for 29 days and 22,860 miles, she landed back in Columbus, Ohio, on April 17, 1964.


More than just the name of a plane that made history, The Spirit of Columbus is what distinguishes and inspires us today. Every year on April 17, the Foundation recognizes members of our community who, like Jerrie, represent the true spirit of our community with The Spirit of Columbus Award, also known as The Jerries®.


Click the Spirit tab below to see past Spirit of Columbus award honorees!

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