Words of Advice:

"We have it totally under control. It's one person coming from China. It's going to be just fine." -- Donald Trump, 1/22/2020

“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama."
-- Trump Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, 2/25/20

"I don't take responsibility for anything." --Donald Trump, 3/13/20

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

"There seems to be almost no problem that Congress cannot, by diligent efforts and careful legislative drafting, make ten times worse." -- Me

"What the hell is an `Aluminum Falcon'?" -- Emperor Palpatine

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Fifty Years Ago

Fifty years ago today, Jerrie Mock set out from Columbus, Ohio, on her flight around the world in a Cessna 180. Her goal was to be the first woman to fly an airplane around the world.

That was back in the day when the most sophisticated piece of aircraft navigation equipment for most of the world was an ADF. VORs were in use in the U.S., but were only then just being built elsewhere.

She did it solo. And she set a round-the-world speed record for light aircraft in the process. That's besides being the first woman to fly from the U.S. to Africa over the North Atlantic, the first woman to fly across the Pacific (west to east), the first woman to fly across the Pacific (in both directions), and the first woman to fly across the Pacific in a single-engined airplane (among other firsts and records).

Cessna gave her a new Cessna 206 in exchange for the 180 that she had flown around the world. After displaying for a timne at their factory in Wichita, Cessna donated it to the Smithsonian, where it is now on display in the Udvar-Hazy Center next to Dulles Airport.

2 comments:

Deadstick said...

You go, girl.

Nangleator said...

A Cessna 180 across the Pacific...

She was substantially less well-equipped than Amelia.