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When Ohio native Geraldine “Jerrie” Mock landed the “Spirit of Columbus” on April 17th 1964, she became the first woman to fly around the world and set a round-the-world speed record. President Lyndon Baines Johnson awarded Mock the Federal Aviation Administration’s Exceptional Service Decoration upon her return to Columbus.
Nearly 50 years after Mock’s achievement, the spirit of Columbus is very much alive in the vision, courage, and dedication of its citizens. For two centuries, the city at the confluence of the Scioto and Olentangy rivers has prospered and bloomed—it’s recognized as a national and international leader in technology, education, aviation and much more.
*Proceeds from this limited-edition T-Shirt will benefit the Jerrie Mock Pilot Club Fund at The Columbus Foundation.