Jackie Cochran Finishes

September 23, 1938 Glamorous Jacqueline Cochran crossed the finish line of the cross-country Bendix Race on fuel vapors becoming the first person to fly the race without a refueling stop. Cochran, called the “Speed Queen”, was the first woman to break the sound barrier, the first woman to fly a jet across the ocean, and the first woman to fly a bomber across the Atlantic. Along with Eleanor Roosevelt, she advocated for including women pilots in the military. In 1943 she became the director of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (the WASPs).