Jacqueline Cochran was a pioneer in the field of American aviation and considered to be one of the most gifted racing pilots of her generation. Serving in the WASP during wartime, Cochran received many distinguished military awards. Here is a look at some of the most notable Jacqueline Cochran quotes ever documented.
“A difficult childhood gave me a kind of cocky confidence. … I could never have so little that I hadn’t had less. It took away my fear.”
“Capacity never lacks opportunity. It cannot remain undiscovered because it is sought by too many anxious to use it.”
“Earthbound souls know only the underside of the atmosphere in which they live . . . but go higher – above the dust and water vapor – and the sky turns dark until one can see the stars at noon.”
“I can cure your men of walking off the [flight] program. Let’s put on the girls.”
— Motorsports HOF (@MotorsportsHOF) March 8, 2017
“I have found adventure in flying, in world travel, in business, and even close at hand… Adventure is a state of mind – and spirit.”
“I might have been born in a hovel but I am determined to travel with the wind and the stars.”
“I wanted to go higher than Rockefeller Center, which was being erected across the street from Saks Fifth Avenue and was going to cut off my view of the sky.”
“I’d have given my right eye to be an astronaut.”
[Apr. 22, 1962] Jacqueline Cochran, first supersonic lady pilot, is first woman to cross Atlantic in a jet — New Orleans to Hamburg! pic.twitter.com/G6oWE0Yrv3
— Galactic Journey (@journeygalactic) April 23, 2017
“In the case of an airplane, speed is determined by the outcome of the conflict between thrust of the power and drag of the plane. So it also is with humans.”
“It comes with faith, for with complete faith there is no fear of what faces you in life or death.”
“To live without risk for me would be tantamount to death.”
Here is a short documentary on the life and success of Jacqueline Cochran.