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Jacqueline Cochran

WASP, US Air Force

Highly Decorated Women's Aviation Pioneer

Jackie was the instigator and inspiration for women pilots in the military.  She was an avid pilot and to this day holds more records than any pilot, male or female.  She suggested the idea of female pilots during WWII as the shortage of male pilots became evident.  She wrote letters to various military leaders, suggesting that women pilots fly non-combat missions. She became the WASP director. She received the Distinguished Flying Cross and Distinguished Service Medal.

Read more at the following links:

 A History of Women in the U.S. Military | Infoplease.com http://www.infoplease.com/us/military/women-history.html#ixzz2drj08Iyb




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