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Question :
Who was the first women to go all around the world on a plane?
Answer :
The first woman to fly solo around the world was Ohio native Geraldine (Gerry) Mock.

She took off on March 19, 1964 from Columbus, Ohio. During the 23,206-mile flight, she set a number of records. Aside from being the first woman to fly solo around the world, she was the first woman to fly over both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and the first female to circle the globe. She landed back in Columbus on April 18, 1964; 29 days, 11 hours, and 59 minutes after she had started.

Also known as the "flying housewife" (she had three children at the time of the flight), Gerry flew in a single-engine Cessna 180 she called "Sprit of Columbus." Gerry had only logged about 750 hours of flight time before her around the world trek and had never flown over a large body of water before!

Steve Buss
EAA Young Eagles

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