In the annals of flying, Jacqueline Cochran stands tall - not only for setting numerous records but also for being recognized as a major contributor during World War II.

To hail her many achievements, the U.S. Postal Service has issued a new 50-cent international postcard rate stamp. It features a photo of Cochran in 1938 after winning the Bendix Trophy. She completed the air race from Los Angeles to Cleveland in 8 hours and 10 minutes. Also depicted is her plane and the inscription "Jacqueline Cochran Pioneer Pilot" at the bottom left. Appearing at the top left is "50 USA."Cochran started her flying career in 1932. At the time of her death in 1980, she held more speed, altitude and distance records than any pilot in the world, male or female.

In 1953, she became the first woman to fly faster than the speed of sound in an F-88 jet fighter.

During World War II, Cochran founded and headed WASP - Women's Air Force Service Pilots Program. For her efforts, Cochran received the Distinguished Flying Cross.

First day of issue postmarks are available by mail. You may purchase the stamp at your local post office, affix the stamp to your envelope, address the envelope, then place it in a larger envelope, addressed to: Jacqueline Cochran, Postmaster, 45805 Fargo St., Indio, Calif. 92201-9991.

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- Syd Kronish

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