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Jackie Cochran

“F-104 Starfighter Record Setter”

 
 
Jackie Cochran Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 23, 2012
1. Jackie Cochran Marker
Inscription. During her extraordinary 40-year flying career, aviation pioneer Jacqueline "Jackie" Cochran established more speed, altitude and distance records than any other pilot, male or female, in aviation history. While flying a USAF F-88A Sabre here at Edwards, she became the first woman to exceed the speed of sound in May 1953.

Upon her return to Edwards in 1961, she set eight major world records in a T-38 Talon, including a top speed of 844.2 mph over a 15 km course on 24 August and a peak altitude of 56,071 feet on 12 October. In 1964, she flew an F-104G Starfighter at Edwards and set a new series of world records, including a new international women's speed record of 1,429.3 mph.

While this F-104A is a different model than the one Jackie Cochran used to set her records, this dedication serves to honor a true legend in aviation.
-Jackie Cochran Day-
16 May 2003

Lower Plaque:
Dedicated 16 May 2003 by
Major General Doug Pearson
Commander, Air Force Flight Test Center
and
Brigadier General Chuck Yeager

 
Erected 2003 by Major General Doug Pearson, Commander USAF Flight Test Center & Brigadier General Chuck Yeager.
 
Location. 34° 55.382′ N, 117° 54.473′ W. Marker is in Edwards, California, in Kern County. Marker is
Jackie Cochran Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 23, 2012
2. Jackie Cochran Marker
on West Popson Avenue. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 203 West Popson Avenue, Edwards CA 93524, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bell XP-59A Jet Aircraft (approx. half a mile away); Sound Barrier Cracked (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Medal of Honor (approx. 0.7 miles away); F-86F (approx. 0.8 miles away); Leaps in Technology (approx. 0.8 miles away); F-16B (approx. 0.8 miles away); F-111A - "Aardvark" (approx. one mile away); CT-39A - "Sabreliner" (approx. one mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Edwards.
 
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Jackie Cochran Lower Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 23, 2012
3. Jackie Cochran Lower Marker
F-104 Starfighter and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 23, 2012
4. F-104 Starfighter and Marker
F-104 Starfighter image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 23, 2012
5. F-104 Starfighter
F-104G Starfighter Tailflash image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 23, 2012
6. F-104G Starfighter Tailflash
F-104G Starfighter Patch image. Click for full size.
By Denise Boose, February 23, 2012
7. F-104G Starfighter Patch
 
 
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