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J. Cochran Seversky P-35 AP-7

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P-35 AP-7

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M. Kolasa

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historical significance

First Albuquerque Visit:    1940

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The Alexander de Seversky’s P-35 was the first single-seat, all-metal pursuit plane with retractable landing gear and enclosed cockpit to go into regular service with the U.S. Army Air Corps. The Army accepted 76 P-35s in 1937-38. The P-35 was the forerunner of the P-47 after Republic Aviation bought out Seversky Aircraft.

Jacqueline Cochran (May 11, 1906 – August 9, 1980) was an American pilot and business executive. She pioneered women’s aviation as one of the most prominent racing pilots of her generation. She set numerous records during her career and was the first woman to break the sound barrier on 18 May 1953. Cochran along with Nancy Love was the wartime head of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) (1943–1944), which employed about 1000 civilian American women in a non-combat role to ferry planes from factories to port cities. Cochran was later a sponsor of the Mercury 13 women astronaut program.

In 1938 Jacqueline Cochran won the prestigious Bendix Trophy race flying a Seversky P-35 AP-7, NX-1384, pursuit plane.

In April, 1940, Cochran also broke the 2,000 kilometer international speed record and the 100 kilometer national record.

 

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