Jackie Cochran Collection

Jackie Cochran Collection

Jackie Cochran Collection

Jackie Cochran was an exceptional pilot and an exceptional woman. During her lifetime, she received more than 200 awards and trophies and set more speed and altitude records than any other pilot. In addition to her American aviation awards, Cochran also garnered numerous foreign honors, including the French Legion of Honor and a Gold Medal from the Federation Aeronautique Internationale(FAI). Interestingly, Cochran also excelled in the cosmetics business, which she had continued to run. During the 1950s, the Associated Press voted her "Woman of the Year in Business" two years in a row. And, as if these accomplishments were not enough, she was also a consultant to the U.S. Air Force, the FAA, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and served as a board member for museums and nonprofit organizations. In the end, Jackie Cochran, one of the world's best pilots, influenced the world well beyond aviation. From the 1930s onward, she left an indelible mark on aviation history.The San Diego Air & Space Museum has one of the largest collections of artifacts from the legendary pilot and multiple aviation record holder.

Our collection on exhibit contains just a few of her artifacts: The uniform she wore while on assignment to study British women in the RAF.Where, upon returning to the states she formed the WASPS (Women's Air Force Service Pilots) The brass stirrups and flight suit worn on her record setting 1,429 mph flight in a Lockheed F-104 in 1961. Her first Bendix trophy, where she won third place in 1937. A trophy she was awarded in 1938 as "Woman of the Year" one of several in her lifetime.

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