January 3, 1950

1950: Jacqueline Cochran set a new Federation Aeronautique Internationale (FAI) 500-kilometer close-course speed record of 444 miles per hour. This was only one of the many records established from 1947-1951 by Cochran for which she was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, “for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight from 1947 to 1951. During this period, Colonel Cochran piloted an F-51 aircraft in which she established six world speed records. At Coachella Valley, California, flying a closed-circuit 100-kilometer course, Colonel Cochran established a new speed record of 469.549 miles per hour. In other flights from Thermal, Indio, and Palm Springs, CA, Colonel Cochran established world speed records for the 3-, 15-, 500-, 1000-, and 2000-kilometer courses. The professional competence, aerial skill, and devotion to duty displayed by Colonel Cochran reflect great credit upon herself and the United States Air Force.