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Jackie Cochran: Pilot in the Fastest Lane

Jackie Cochran: Pilot in the Fastest Lane (Hardback)

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Born in 1906 in Muskokee, Florida, Jacqueline "Jackie" Cochran was America's greatest woman pilot: the first to break the sound barrier, first to fly a bomber across the Atlantic, possessor of more than 200 aviation records and the commander of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) during World War II. Cochran reached Mach 2 - twice the speed of sound - in a Lockheed F-104, having already become a colonel in the Air Force Reserve. Intelligent, brash, determined, courageous, and ambitious, she counted presidents Eisenhower and Johnson among her friends, as well as national leaders in business, Congress, and military and commercial aviation. Drawing upon previously unpublished information about Cochran's early years and her first marriage, and on her extensive correspondence with U.S. presidents, Air Force generals, aircraft designers, test pilots, and business tycoons, Rich shows Cochran's many contrasts. Seen by enemies as an egotistical master of self-promotion, she was nevertheless capable of loyal and abiding friendships. And although her personality was sometimes abrasive, she used it to accomplish impressive results, including her work on behalf of an independent Air Force.

This first extensive critical biography puts Cochran's great talents and achievements in the context of her turbulent personal life to create a portrait of a remarkable, complicated woman.

BiographyBiography: generalBiography: science, medicine, technology & engineeringTransportAircraft: general interestTransportTransport technology & tradesAerospace & aviation technologyAviation skills / piloting Publisher: University Press of Florida Publication Date: 08/04/2007 ISBN-13: 9780813030432  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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Doris Rich is a journalist and author of Amelia Earhart: A Biography, Queen Bess: Daredevil Aviator, and The Magnificent Moisants: Champions of Early Flight.

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