Letter to Faye

Title

Letter to Faye

Subject

Joan Merriam Smith
World Flight
Pilots

Description

Shortly after her return from her round-the-world flight, Joan Merriam Smith wrote this letter to her friend Faye dated May 23, 1964. She listed out her intentions for the flight, her frustrations with the media portrayal of her flight, and the comparison of her trip with that of Jerrie Mock. Mock, a Columbus, OH, pilot, completed a round-the-world flight around the same time as Smith, though her flight was around 4,000 miles shorter. Mock's finish on April 17, 1964 earned her the title of "first woman to fly around the world solo." Smith, who finished her 27,000 flight on May 12, 1964, was largely ignored by the media, the National Aeronautics Association, and the Federal Aviation Administration.

Creator

Joan Merriam Smith

Date

May 23, 1964

Rights

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Language

English

Type

Letter

Original Format

Letter

Citation

Joan Merriam Smith, “Letter to Faye,” International Women's Air & Space Museum, accessed July 23, 2024, https://iwasm.omeka.net/items/show/1663.