Cochran, Jacqueline

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1906-05-11
Death 1980-08-09

Biographical notes:

Aviator; interviewee b. 1910, d. 1918, and married Floyd B. Odlum.

From the description of Reminiscences of Jacqueline Cochran : oral history, 1976. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122481078

Aviator, executive; interviewee b. 1910, d. 1980, and married Floyd B. Odlum.

From the description of Reminiscences of Jacqueline Cochran : oral history, 1973. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122574233

Jacqueline Cochran was an accomplished aviator, test pilot and business person. She won the Bendix race in 1938, was the first woman to break the sound barrier, fly a jet across the ocean, and fly a bomber across the Atlantic. Before the United States was involved in World War II, Cochran volunteered in the Royal Air Force and recruited female pilots in the United States to join her. In 1942 the Women's Auxiliary Ferry Squadron (WAFS) was formed with a group of female pilots whose job it was to ferry military aircraft. Upon hearing of the creation of the WAFS, Cochran convinced General "Hap" Arnold to expand flying opportunities for women and he directed the creation of the Women's Flying Training Detachment (WFTD) under Cochran's direction. By August 1943, the WAFS and the WFTD were merged to create the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) with Cochran as director. The WASP program was deactivated in 1944 but Cochran continued to fly. She joined the U. S. Air Force Reserve in 1948, achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and returned to racing and setting new records. An astute business woman, Jacqueline Cochran involved herself in politics and military affairs and often used her influence to advance the cause of women in aviation until her death in 1980.

From the description of Cochran collection, 1938-1980. (US Air Force Academy). WorldCat record id: 501078726

Aviator; interviewee married Floyd B. Odlum.

From the description of Reminiscences of Jacqueline Cochran : oral history, 1960. (Columbia University In the City of New York). WorldCat record id: 122376631

Aviatrix, Director of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) during World War II and owner of cosmetics line.

From the description of Jacqueline Cochran Cosmetics "Perk Up" cosmetic case, 1948. (Texas Woman's University Library). WorldCat record id: 60695761

Aviatrix. Served as director of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) of World War II.

From the description of Jacqueline Cochran letters, 1946. (Texas Woman's University Library). WorldCat record id: 47261340

Woman aviator. Founded Women's Air Force Service Pilots to ferry airplanes from the United States to England during World War II.

From the description of Letter, 1961 May 6. (Denver Public Library). WorldCat record id: 55151980

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Subjects:

  • cosmetics
  • World War 1939-1945--Women--Archives
  • Women air pilots
  • Women air pilots--History,
  • Aeronautics, Military
  • Women air pilots--Interviews
  • Women test pilots
  • Women in aeronautics
  • Women in aeronautics--Archives
  • World War, 1939-1945--Participation, Female
  • Executives--Interviews
  • World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, British
  • Air pilots--Military
  • Aeronautics
  • Air pilots--Interviews
  • Aeronautics--History
  • Presidents--Election--1952
  • Aviation
  • World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations, American
  • Women air pilots--Archives

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