Jackie Cochran: An Autobiography

Jacqueline Cochran, Author, Maryann B. Brinley, Author Bantam Books $18.95 (0p) ISBN 978-0-553-05211-4
Excerpts here from the late Cochran's own accounts of her flying exploitsshe died in 1980alternate with adulatory quotes from friends and associates testifying to the extraordinary vitality (despite poor health) and indomitable spirit of the world-famous aviatrix and business entrepreneur. By dint of sheer energy and determination, the teenage orphan escaped the poverty of Florida migrant sawmill camps and, forsaking nursing for hairdressing, moved to New York City. She soon acquired a chain of beauty salons and founded a cosmetic company that bore her name. Her career in aviation stemmed from her marriage to tycoon aircraft manufacturer Floyd Odlum, and she subsequently broke more speed, altitude and distance records than any other pilot, male or female, in aviation history. During World War II, Cochran created WASPS, a women's plane-ferrying corps, lobbied for a separate air force and served as a consultant to NASA. Brinley, who assembled this book, is a freelance journalist. Photos not seen by PW. BOMC selection. (August)
Reviewed on: 06/26/1987
Release date: 07/01/1987
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