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Cochran, Jacqueline, 1906-1980


Biographical Note

Jacqueline "Jackie" Cochran (May 11, 1906 – August 9, 1980) was an American pilot. She set many records and was the first woman to break the sound barrier on May 18, 1953. Cochran was a pioneer in the field of women in aviation and one of the most prominent racing pilots of her generation. She is best known as the wartime head of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) (1943-44) in which about 1000 civilian American women ferried planes from factories to port cities in non-combat roles.

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John Fornasero Papers

Identifier: 2011-06-24
Abstract: The John Fornasero Papers are comprised of documents, photographs, newspaper clippings, and ephemera pertaining to the life and work of flight instructor, aviation inspector, and test pilot John B. Fornasero. A significant portion of this collection is made up of photographs. Major topics include the Ryan School of Aeronautics, the Civil Aeronautics Administration, Fairchild Aircraft Company, and Boeing Aircraft Company.

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