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Jerrie Cobb, one of the most gifted female pilots in history, has died

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Geraldyn “Jerrie” M. Cobb, a noted aviation pioneer and fierce advocate for women flying into space, died Thursday at her home in Florida, her family has said. She was 88. Cobb is perhaps most well known for her participation in what became known as the "Mercury 13," a group of 13 women who passed preliminary screening processes in 1960 and 1961 to determine their suitability as astronauts under the guidance of Dr. Randolph Lovelace. Cobb scored in the top 2 percent of all who had… (arstechnica.com) Mehr...

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yr2012
matt jensen 6
Great Lady - RIP
GaAubie
Ken Hardy 3
Great Lady who followed her dream and set an example for other women to follow RIP
KobeHunte
Kobe Hunte 2
sad.. RIP
Lifesavr
Lifesavr 1
May her memory be for a blessing!
jagerardi
jagerardi 0
Sad for her passing, but I wouldn't exactly call her a "pioneer." That would be Katherine Stinson, Pancho Barnes, and Jacqueline Cochran. They were all 15-30 years ahead of her in aviation, with Stinson - IIRC - the 4th woman ever to be issued a license, the first woman every to perform a loop.

Still sad to hear of anyone in aviation going West.

..Joe
k9wrangler
Karl Scribner 11
I would as she was indeed as defined in Dictionary.com “What does it mean to be a pioneer?:. one who is first or among the earliest in any field of inquiry, enterprise, or progress:

Her endeavors with the space program would meet that definition, in my mind.
KobeHunte
Kobe Hunte 1
exactly.. "joe" obviously doesn't exactly know what the real meaning of a "pioneer" is..
andromeda07
andromeda07 1
But I appreciate hearing about the other pioneers that he mentioned.
KobeHunte
Kobe Hunte 0
true.. might as well give him the benefit of the doubt!

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