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The Mother of WASPS

Jacqueline Cochran, who proposed, created, and initiated the cascade of training that created the Women Airforce Service Pilots, was a Floridian. She and other women tested planes and risked their lives to push the envelope on Florida's beaches. Cochran got her pilot’s license in 1932 and, at the time of her death, she held more speed, altitude, and distance records than any other pilot – male or female – in aviation history. In 1952 Colonel Cochran was the first woman to break the sound barrier.

Jacqueline Cochran in 1933

This picture shows fellow pioneering aviators Ruth Law and Alexandra Goelet in a Wright Model B airplane at Daytona Beach in 1914.

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