17 April, 1964.11:30 AM
When Jerrie Mock touched back down at Port Columbus Airport in “Charlie”, it marked the end of what should have been considered to be one of aviation's few seriously legendary flights. She traveled over 23,000 miles, traversed five oceans, and made 19 stops spread around the globe. The story has endless twists, turns, suspense, high times and low points, and demonstrates how any one of us can achieve great things if we just want it bad enough. If you want to read my AOPA Pilot Magazine story “Aviation's Forgotten Pioneer” about Jerrie's flight, click here.
After you read about Jerrie's accomplishments,
I discovered this gaping hole in the aviation history books in 2000, and during the last decade, it was my passion to correct this malfunction ever. When I found FAA N1538C – aka Charlie – sitting disassembled in a Smithsonian warehouse that year, I knew something had to be done. So I launched a nationwide campaign to re-educate the flying and non-flying public about Mock's flight.
Many of my current blog readers may not know that in 2004, I obtained movie rights to Jerrie Mock's life story and historic flight from Jerrie herself which were exclusive for two years. I then teamed with a series of professionals to develop a full-length feature film screenplay about her and her flight, and tried to get Hollywood interested in what I feel is the
After losing contact with Jerrie over the years, the project has stalled. I've neither the money nor the patience to wait for Hollywood to ever give this story the play it deserves. So my Bucket List now includes finding about $20 million in spare change to make the film myself.