Became the director of the Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs) in July 1943.  Set many airplane speed records and became the first woman to break the sound barrier in 1953.

February 2006

Compiled by Staff
Bibliography Branch, Muir S. Fairchild Research Information Center
Maxwell AFB, AL


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Internet Resources

Debbie Douglas on:  Jackie Cochran's First Proposal.
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Reference interview for the PBS special "Fly Girls".

Great Warrior Leader/Thinkers:  Cochran, Jacqueline.  Maxwell AFB, AL, Air University Library, March 1998.
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Hill Aerospace Museum American Aerospace Pioneers.
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Includes black & white photo of Cochran and airplane.

Jackie Cochran.
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Heritage of Flight site lists all the speed, altitude and distance records held by Cochran.

Jackie Cochran (1960-1980).
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PBS special "Fly Girls."  Contains black & white photo of Cochran in cockpit.

Jackie Cochran Stamp.
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Brief biography and color photo of the stamp.

Jacqueline Cochran Founder and Director of the WASP.
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WASP World War II site.

Jacqueline Cochran Legendary Aviatrix.
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Includes biographical information and black & white photo gallery.

Jacqueline "Jackie" Cochran:  First Woman to Break the Sound Barrier.
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Women in Aviation site.

Jacqueline "Jackie" Cochran.
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Includes photos and extensive biography with bibliography.

Nathan, Amy.  Women Take Wing.  Read January 2003.
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Presents the life and works of pilot Jackie Cochran in the U.S. Flying lessons of the pilot; Educational background; Membership with the Women Airforce Service Pilots organization.

Notable Flygirls:  Jackie Cochran.
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Edwards AFB Public Affairs.

Photographs and Images of Jacqueline Cochran.
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Cochran, Jacqueline and Brinley, Maryann Bucknum.  Jackie Cochran:  An Autobiography.  New York, Bantam Books, 1987.  358 p.
Book call no.:  92 C663j

Cochran, Jacqueline and Odlum, Floyd B.  The Stars at Noon.  New York, Arno Press, 1980.  274 p.
Book call no.:  92 C663s

Holden, Henry M.  Ladybirds:  The Untold Story of Women Pilots in America.  Freedom, NJ, Black Haw Pub. Co., 1991.  215 p.
Book call no.:  629.13092 H726L

Keil, Sally Van Wagenen.  Those Wonderful Women in Their Flying Machines:  The Unknown Heroines of World War II.  New York, Four Directions Press, 1990.  418 p.
Book call no.:  940.544973 K27t

Lomax, Judy.  Women of the Air.  New York, Dodd, Mead, 1987.  216 p.
Book call no.:  926.2913 L839w

Moolman, Valerie.  Women Aloft.  Alexandria, VA, Time-Life Books, 1981.  176 p.
Book call no.:  629.13088042 M817w

National Aviation Hall of Fame.  Enshrinee Album:  "The First Twenty-One Years."  Dayton, Oh, National Aviation Hall of Fame, 1984.  230 p.
Book call no.:  R 926.2913 N277e

Oakes, Claudia M.  United States Women in Aviation, 1930-1939.  Washington, Smithsonian Institution Press, 1985.  70 p.
Book call no.:  629.13092 U58 no. 6

Scharr, Adela Riek.  Sisters in the Sky.  Gerald, MO, Patrice Press, 1986.  2 vols.
Book call no.:  940.544973 S311s

Williams, Vera S.  WASPs:  Women Airforce Service Pilots in World War II.  Osceola, WI, Motorbooks International, 1994.  156 p.
Book call no.:  940.544973 W727w


Bollow, John.  Remembering the WASPSSaturday Evening Post 267:58-77 May-June 1995.
Focuses on the Women's Air Force Service Pilot program (WASP).  Efforts of air racer Jacqueline Cochran to introduce a women's flying division in the Army; qualifications for women applying under the program; opportunities for women enrolled in program.
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A Century to Flight:  Military Pioneers Who Made Aviation HistoryAir Force Times 63:(insert 55 p) June 2, 2003.

Kamps, Charles Tustin.  The WASPsAir & Space Power Journal  17:68 Summer 2003.
The Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) was formed in August 1943 as an amalgamation of the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron, started in September 1942 by an Air Transport Command employee, Nancy Love, and the Women's Flying Training Detachment, founded in November 1942 by Jacqueline Cochran.  Both women were accomplished pilots, and their chance to contribute came in the dark, early period of World War II, when the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) desperately needed pilots.
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Ledford, Tranette.  1920-1950Army Times 60:109 September 27, 1999.
Presents the text of a 1943 message by Jacqueline Cochran, who helped form the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP) of the United States Air Force.  Overview of the establishment of WASP; Role played by Cochran at the Women's Flying Training Detachment of the 319th Army Air Force.

Ledford, Tranette.  Jacqueline CochranAir Force Times 63:38-39 June 2, 2003.
Pays tribute to U.S. air pilot Jacqueline "Jackie" Cochran, who died in 1980.  Childhood background; Jobs as an adolescent; Contributions to the U.S. Air Force.

Roberts, David.  Men Didn't Have to Prove They Could Fly, but Women DidSmithsonian 25:72-80 August 1994.
Recounts the activities of the 99s (aka the Ninety-Nines), a women's group of fliers formed in 1929 to combat the perception that women fliers were freaks.  The Women's Air Derby of 1929, the first women's air race; Amelia Earhart; Jackie Cochran; Florence Barnes; the group's current 6,400 members worldwide.
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Women Throughout Air Force History.  Airman 46:17 March 2002.
Features women who have contributions to the history of the U.S. Air Force.  Amelia Earhart; Jacqueline Cochran; Joan Olsen.
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McCullough, David G.  Fly Girls.  Boston, WGBH Boston, 1999.  1 Videocassette, 56 min.
Tells the story of the Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).
Video call no.:  629.13092 F648

Old Friends Six Who Flew; Lafayette Escadrille.  Palm Springs, CA, Big Picture, Historical Film and Video, 1993.  1 videocassette, 30 min.
Video call no.:  358.4009 O44

Weyrich, Steve and Pell, Gene.  Legends of Airpower.  Arlington, VA, 3 Roads Communications, 2001.  3 videocassettes, 6 hours.
Video call no.:  629.13092 L5112

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