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First Solo Female Pilot to Circumnavigate the Globe

Jerry Mock was the first solo female pilot to circumnavigate the globe. In the early 1960s the 38-year-old homemaker off-handedly told her husband that she was bored. Her husband Russell replied, "Maybe you should get in your plane and just fly around the world." So she did. At the time the couple shared ownership of a single engine 180 Cessna named the Spirit of Columbus.

According to The New York Times, "She took off on March 19, 1964, from Columbus, Ohio, and returned there on April 17—29 days, 11 hours and 59 minutes later—after a 23,000-mile journey over the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, the Red Sea, the Gulf of Oman, the Arabian Sea and the Pacific, with stops in the Azores, Casablanca, Cairo, Karachi, Calcutta, Bangkok and Honolulu, among other places." All prompted by a sense of restlessness and an offhand comment.

Possible Preaching Angle:

At times, we might want to follow Jerrie's example. If we're feeling bored, maybe it's time to fly out of our comfort zone and try a new adventure. Our "risky" acts of service may seem small compared to a worldwide flight, but they can still be important to God and his kingdom.

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