Jacqueline Cochran

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Jacqueline Cochran
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BirthplaceMuscogee, Florida
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aviator, test pilot, spokesperson, and businessperson

Cochran, Jacqueline

(1910–80) aviator; born in Pensacola, Fla. An orphan, her first career was as an owner of a profitable cosmetics company. Receiving her pilot's license in 1932, she was the first woman to fly in the Bendix transcontinental race three years later. She won the Bendix Trophy in 1938. The first woman to pilot a bomber across the Atlantic in World War II, she directed the Women's Air Force Service Pilots. In 1953 she became the first woman to fly faster than sound; in 1964 she flew faster than twice the speed of sound. At her death she held more flight records than any other pilot.
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This is exactly the characteristic personified by Jackie Cochran.
2 -- color) Test pilot Chuck Yeager will appear at Saturday's Aerospace Walk of Honor ceremony to accept honors for his friend Jackie Cochran.
Sandy Miarecki speaks during Friday's dedication, in which Chuck Yeager and Jackie Cochran were honored.
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE - Edwards honored two of its heroes: Chuck Yeager, the first man to break the sound barrier, and the late Jackie Cochran, a woman who pulled herself out of poverty to become a record-setting pilot and the first woman to break the sound barrier.
The WASPs were formed by aviators Nancy Love and Jackie Cochran to free men for combat flying.