A Local Aviation Pioneer Receives Recognition

by Courtney Wheaton on September 15, 2013 at 7:44 am

A local aviation icon and legend was honored with a statue at The Works museum in Newark Saturday.

Jerrie Mock was the first woman to fly solo around the world in 1964, not to be confused with Amelia Earhart, who flew across the Atlantic ocean almost 40 years prior. Mock was a resident of Newark before making her coast to coast journey.

"She’s a class 1943 Newark High school," said The Works Director of Development, Susan Leithauser. A Newark native who was a housewife in Bexley, Ohio in 1964, when she fulfilled a life long dream to fly around the world. "

Aviation workers, Mock’s family, community members and state and local officials were at the unveiling to pay homage to a woman they say is an inspiration.

"This means so much for the Newark community and the Licking County Community, really as we honor someone who was such a pioneer for women, for aviation and whose life long dream was to be a pilot, and to go off and fly around the world, and she did it," said Leithauser.

Members of Mock’s high school class, the Newark community and they Licking County Foundation all worked together to raise money to construct the statue that was created by Artist, Renete Fackler. September 14th is now proclaimed as Jerrie Mock day. Mock currently lives in Florida.