Jacqueline Cochran: Sky queen
Nearly everyone knows the story of Amelia Earhart. She is generally considered the greatest aviatrix of all time. She was not. That title belongs to Jacqueline Cochran, who at the time of her death in 1980 held more flying records than any other pilot in aviation history, male or female. Her life, however, transcends aviation; Jackie was involved in business, politics and society at the highest levels. She was a true titan. Jackie's early years are as baffling as they are controversial. Born Bessie Mae Pittman in Pensacola, Fla., Jackie claimed to be an orphan who grew up in a poor foster family, uncertain, even, of her birth date.