Jacqueline Cochran (d. 1980)

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    Description: During her aviation career, from the 1930s through the 1960s, Jacqueline Cochran (d. 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.

    Creator/Photographer: Unidentified photographer

    Medium: Black and white photographic print

    Date: c. 1962

    Persistent URL: photography.si.edu/SearchImage.aspx?id=5771

    Repository: Smithsonian Institution Archives

    Collection: Accession 90-105: Science Service Records, 1920s – 1970s - Science Service, now the Society for Science & the Public, was a news organization founded in 1921 to promote the dissemination of scientific and technical information. Although initially intended as a news service, Science Service produced an extensive array of news features, radio programs, motion pictures, phonograph records, and demonstration kits and it also engaged in various educational, translation, and research activities.

    Accession number: SIA2008-1015

    1. Pixel Wrangler 118 months ago | reply

      Jacqueline Cochran (1906-1980) – more Wikipedia

      On March 9, 1996, the U.S. Postal Service issued a 50¢ stamp commemorating Jacqueline Cochran, the first woman to fly faster than the speed of sound. The stamp depicts Cochran after winning the 1938 Bendix Trophy air race from Los Angeles to Cleveland in just over 8 hours.

      First day of issue ceremonies were held at Indian Palms Resort, former site of Cochran's ranch, in Indio, California. The stamp's 50¢ denomination met the rate then in effect for international post cards mailed from the U.S. (Scott 3066) Georgia Info

                                    Jacqueline Cochran

    2. striatic 118 months ago | reply

      she sounds like she was pretty incredible. i wonder if she ever got to meet Earhart.

    3. Pixel Wrangler 118 months ago | reply

      @ striatic

      Hi! -- In the Wikipedia article (above) is this reference: "In 1937, she [Cochran] was the only woman to compete in the Bendix race. She worked with Amelia Earhart to open the race for women."

      Then there's this prescient reference:

      "Ms. Cochran’s racing activities in the 1930s brought her a wide acquaintance among the famous pilots of the day. An especially close friend was Amelia Earhart who spent several days relaxing at Ms. Cochran’s ranch prior to departing on her ill-fated flight around the world in 1937."

    4. striatic 118 months ago | reply

      oh keen.

      they knew each other rather well then. small world of female aeronautic superstars!

    5. Ken's Aviation 116 months ago | reply

      The aircraft in the Jackie Cochrane stamp above was one owned by her and made by Seversky Aircraft. It was effectively the same aircraft the Seversky sold to the US Army Air Corps as the P-35. Can you imagine being able to buy current military aircraft direct from the factory?!

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