“Speed Demons. 65 Years of Supersonic Women.”
Jacqueline Cochran, first woman to fly faster than the speed of sound, 1953
Jacqueline Cochran (1906-1980) had a challenging youth including a marriage and the birth of a boy during her teenage years.
Cochran began flying in 1930 after a friend offered her a ride in an aircraft. She became one of the best air racing pilots of all times setting multiple records. When WWII started, she successfully advocated for women’s inclusion in the military.
After the war, Cochran returned to ‘speed flying.’ On May 18, 1953, she became the first woman to fly faster than the speed of sound (Mach 1) on a Canadair Sabre jet borrowed from the Royal Canadian Air Force.
“Too many women are not aware of women’s long and rich history of contributions to the industry,” says Mireille Goyer, iWOAW’s Founder and President. “By selecting a theme based on women’s notable breakthroughs every year, we are aiming to restore women’s roots and rebuild their aviation identity.”