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The Aviatrix: 1939

The Aviatrix: 1939

August 1939. "Pilot Jacqueline Cochran and Northrop 'Gamma' racing plane." Medium format negative by Toni Frissell for Vogue. View full size.

 

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Not just any pilot

Jackie Cochran was a top air racer in the 1930s, a leader of Allied women pilots in World War II, and a record-setting jet jockey in the 1950s and 1960s.

-- Captain, UK Air Transport Auxiliary
-- Founder and Director of The Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASPS)
-- Colonel, US Air Force Reserve

Awards:
-- French Air Medal
-- US Distinguished Flying Cross
-- US Legion of Merit
-- The Federation Aeronautique Internationale Gold Medal

"When [Jacqueline Cochran] died in 1980, she held more speed, altitude and distance records than anyone in the world, male or female." - The US National Aviation Hall of Fame

Cool confidence

This was 78 years ago and this gracious lady obviously had all the poise and knowledge she needed to do whatever she wanted to do. This picture would be a great inspiration to any girl to take control of her life and go after her goals. Very impressive.

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