The last aviation “hurrah” of Jacqueline Cochran. In 1964 she became the holder of both the 100 km and 500 km circuit female world speed records. Cochran won with those records the “long battle” with her french namesake, Jacqueline Auriol. Both were skilled, determined, courageous and….,well, both had connections; Auriol’s husband was the son of a President of France and Cochran was married with tycoon Floyd Odlum.
I must confess that I’m not a total fan of Jackie Cochran. Superb pilot, nothing to add here, but her sometimes megalomaniac tendencies leave a lot to be desired. I’m not totally impartial here I’m afraid; she didn’t consider General Francisco Franco as a “dictator”. Cochran even had the nerve to say the Spaniards: “like Latin American governments, a tighter central control seems more suited to the Latin temperament”….., insufferable conceit.
Super portrait of Jackie and her “Super Starfighter” (62-122222).