50 years ago: Famous aviatrix visits

In the Dec. 8, 1965 edition of The Caymanian Weekly, a precursor to the Cayman Compass, a front page story highlighted a notable arrival at the airport. 

“A single engine Cesena called in at Owen Roberts Airfield on the Dec. 6. It had four people on board, including Mrs. Jerrie Mock of Columbus, Ohio, who is a world famous aviatrix. 

“Mrs. Mock is one of the very few women who have flown round the world, solo, in a single-engined plane. This feat was performed last year when she took off from Columbus, Ohio, on March 19, went east, and arrived back there on April 17. 

Mrs. Mock, who died in September 2014, was in fact the first woman to fly solo around the world in any type of plane. The Cesena plane she used, The Spirit of Columbus, is now on display at the Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center of the National Air and Space Museum in Virginia. 

The 1965 article went on to state that on this trip – which began in Columbus and included stops in Texas, Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Grand Cayman, Jamaica, Bahamas and Florida before returning to Columbus – Mrs. Mock was accompanied by her husband Russell, her sister Barbara Saar and a friend, Alfred Baumeister.