The late Jacqueline Cochran was an esteemed pioneer in aviation, renowned for her aptitude as a racing pilot. She accomplished numerous aviation feats, being the first woman to surpass the sound barrier.
Cochran headed the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) during World War II, overseeing an organization of over 1,000 women who transferred planes from factories to various urban centers.
She hailed from the Florida Panhandle, where she was born and raised. *Article and image provided by Patricia Zeiler, executive director of History Fort Lauderdale.