- Associated Press - Thursday, April 17, 2014

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 Columbus Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1hOXE11 ) that the statue in the airport ticket lobby will eventually become part of a “Legacy of Leadership” exhibit.

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