Scared? 50 years later, Ohio woman recounts historic 1964 flight as 'fun' way to see the world

Recounting her history-making adventure 50 years later, Jerrie Mock plays it down as a fun way to see the world.

The native of Newark, Ohio, became the first female pilot to fly solo around the globe when her single-engine Cessna named Spirit of Columbus landed in the state's capital on April 17, 1964. She covered more than 23,000 miles in 29-plus days while stopping in places such as Casablanca, Cairo and Calcutta.

Her trip came 27 years after Amelia Earhart's mysterious disappearance in the Pacific. Mock's flight had harrowing moments such as a nearly disastrous fire and a mistaken landing at an Egyptian military base.

Now 88 and living in Quincy, Fla., Mock says what others call a major accomplishment she calls "fun."

A commemoration is planned Thursday in Columbus.