Why did Jacqueline Cochran become a pilot?

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asked Jun 21 in Aircraft by guymekse (640 points)
Why did Jacqueline Cochran become a pilot?

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answered Jun 24 by dragon87 (1,670 points)
Jacqueline Cochran became a pilot after a friend offered her a ride in an aircraft and she enjoyed flying.

It then became one of Jacqueline Cochran's goals to become a pilot which she achieved.

After a friend offered her a ride in an aircraft, Cochran began taking flying lessons at Roosevelt Airfield, Long Island in the early 1930s and learned to fly an aircraft in three weeks.

She then soloed and within two years obtained her commercial pilot's license.

Jaqueline Cochran had trained as a beautician and pursued that career in Montgomery, Alabama, in Pensacola, Florida, and from roughly 1931 in New York City, where she took the name Jacqueline.

She took her first flying lessons in 1932 and got her pilot's license in three weeks.

Jaqueline Cochran continued to fly for decades after the war, breaking many records, including becoming the first woman to break the sound barrier.

After their success, Jackie was asked to organize a program for training women pilots in the United States.

In 1943, Cochran's program became known as the Women's Air Force Service Pilots (WASPs).

In her early teens Jacqueline Cochran moved in with a Jewish family that owned hair salons.

Underage, Cochran worked mixing dyes when she secured a promotion by threatening her employer with disclosure to child labor authorities.

A year later, Cochran moved to Montgomery, Alabama, to work in another salon.

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