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The Jerrie Mock Story: The First Woman to Fly Solo Around the World

By: Nancy Roe Pimm

1964: Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock had immediate trouble when she began her historic flight. Her plane’s long-distance radio was broken, the compass wasn’t true, and the brakes didn’t work! Time line. List of Jerrie Mock’s achievements and awards. Glossary. Notes on sources. Bibliography. Black-and-white photographs, reproductions of correspondence and artifacts, and maps.

ISBN: 9780821422151

JLG Release: May 2016


Sensitive Areas: None
Topics: Jerrie Mock (1925-2014) , Female pilots , Biography , Flights around the world , Aviation , Aviation history

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  • This exciting narrative, which is full of hair-raising adventures and narrow escapes, introduces readers to Jerrie Mock, a little-known figure whose accomplishment was eclipsed by larger world events of the time, including the Vietnam War.
  • The fact that Mock was a bored housewife—not a dedicated explorer—yet became th
    • This exciting narrative, which is full of hair-raising adventures and narrow escapes, introduces readers to Jerrie Mock, a little-known figure whose accomplishment was eclipsed by larger world events of the time, including the Vietnam War.
    • The fact that Mock was a bored housewife—not a dedicated explorer—yet became the first woman to fly a plane around the world makes her story particularly inspiring.
    • Quotes from period newspapers, from Mock’s own writing, and from Nancy Roe Pimm’s interviews enliven the tale. Describing a small, suspected electrical fire in the cockpit, Mock notes: “‘My mind flapped like a frightened bird caught in a net. Crazy fears flew at me; wild ideas about landing the plane stormed my mind. I told myself to relax. I couldn’t.’”
    • As a woman traveling alone—which was rare in the 1960s—Mock’s perspectives on other cultures, and foreigners’ reactions to her, are fascinating. For example, in Saudi Arabia, where women were barred from driving cars, a crowd at the airport was amazed that Mock had flown her plane without a man.
    • Sidebars provide helpful facts and context, such as details about countries’ customs and information about aviation and navigation. Numerous photographs and reproductions of Mock’s trip correspondence add to the book’s appeal.

Book Details

ISBN

9780821422151

First Release

May 2016

Genre

Nonfic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

6" x 9"

Page Count

168

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

Level 1020L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Ohio University

Potentially Sensitive Areas

None

Topics

Jerrie Mock (1925-2014), Female pilots, Biography, Flights around the world, Aviation, Aviation history,

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