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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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Series XV. Personal, 1910-2002, undated

Scope and Contents: Personal The Personal series consists of materials related to WPL’s and MOL’s professional lives but which are not directly tied to any of the companies. The series is divided into four subseries: William P. Lear, Moya Olsen Lear, Lear Family, and General. Each of these has been further broken down and are clarified below. Materials are generally, but not always, arranged by date, with undated items at the...

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