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Jacqueline Cochran

50-cent Jacqueline Cochran stamp
The Jacqueline Cochran stamp was issued on March 9, 1993.

A pioneer aviator, Jacqueline Cochran (1910-1980) was a legendary racing pilot. She began taking flying lessons in 1932 and was a natural, learning to fly in just under three weeks. Jackie started racing two years later. She became the first woman to compete in the prestigious Bendix air race across the U.S. in 1935. Other accomplishments followed: the first woman to win the Bendix, the first woman to fly a bomber across the Atlantic, the first woman to serve as president of the Fédération Internationale Aéronautique, and the first woman to break the sound barrier. She joined the Woman’s Air Force Service Pilots during World War II and trained female pilots. A woman of many ‘firsts’, Jackie held more speed, altitude, and distance records than any other pilot in American history.