Jacqueline “Jackie” Chochran was the first woman in the world to break the sound barrier (at the age of 50!) At the time of her death in 1980, she held more speed, altitude, and distance records than any other pilot, male or female, in aviation history. She started and managed her own cosmetics company & caught the eye of a self-made millionaire, Floyd Odlum, who she later married. It was at his suggestion, that she learned to fly. She took, & mastered, all the advanced training that was available at that time for women. She became heavily involved in record setting and air racing in the 1930’s and set three flying records in 1937, followed up by winning the 1938 Bendix Air Race. She won a total of 14 Clifford Burke Harmon Trophies during her lifetime. In 1940, she set two air speed records for both men and women. When WWII came along, she became the first woman to fly a bomber across the Atlantic and eventually organized, and led, the Women Air Force Service Pilot’s Group (WASP). She was also the first woman in American History to win the Distinguished Flying Cross.