Friday, March 19, 2010

In History: Jacqueline Cochran

This is the 17th post in a weekly feature here at Spare Candy, called "In History." Some posts might be little more than a photo, others full on features. If you have any suggestions for a person or event that should be featured, or would like to submit a guest post or cross post, e-mail me at rosiered23 (at) sparecandy (dot) com.

During her aviation career, from the 1930s through the 1960s, Jacqueline Cochran (1906-1980) set more speed and altitude records than any contemporary pilot, male or female, and was the first woman to break the sound barrier. During World War II, she was instrumental in formation of the Women's Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs). This photograph was taken ca. 1962 when she received the Harmon Trophy for establishing eight World Class records in jet planes. (via) She was inducted into the National Aviation Hall of Fame in 1971, the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1993, and the Lancaster, California Aerospace Walk of Honor (where she was the first woman to be inducted) in 1996. Her accomplishments also landed her on a postage stamp, issued March 9, 1996.

Read more about Cochran here and here.

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