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Jacqueline Cochran-Odlum


Date Party Office Votes Result
11-06-1956 Republican CD-29 51690 Loss

Candidate Biography:

Born: May 11, 1906 in Muscogee, Florida
Married: Jack Cochran (m. ~1920, div. 1920s), Floyd Bostwick Odlum (m. 1936)
Military Service: British Air Transport Auxiliary & WASP (WWII), USAF Reserve
Died: August 9, 1980 in Indio, CA


  • In 1953, over California, Cochran became the first woman pilot to break the sound barrier. She was also the first woman to land and take off from an aircraft carrier, the first woman to pilot a jet aircraft on a transatlantic flight, and the first pilot to make a blind (instrument) landing.
  • PLACENAME: Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport is located in Thermal, CA.
  • HONOR: In 1996, the United States Postal Service issued a 50¢ postage stamp depicting Cochran.