"I've got lots to tell you--and its good news
too. But right now there are some final details which must be worked out before I can
announce it." That's Jacqueline Cochran's answer to the Army plans to use pilots of
"You can say, though," Miss Cochran
added, "that those who meet the standards will go directly in the Ferry Command.
And they'll be qualified to fly AT 6's and AT 17's, not just liaison and ordinary
"In the Ferry Command," Miss Cochran
continued, "they'll go to one of the six ferry bases in the United States. It
takes 50 pilots to make up a squadron, which is led by a squadron commander. Each
pilot will be qualified to fly 25 different air planes, including the light
When asked what would become of those who
failed to meet the high requirements for ferry piloting, she said plans were being worked
out but not yet completed.
"We are planning to have the course
include many more hours. For it is unreasonable to expect someone with 100 hours to
be able to fly AT 6s or 17s without more training. They'll also be more
standarization and more planes."
"That's just a hint of what's to come.
The longer Miss Cochran's here the more ideas she'll undoubetly get.For her eyes, which
impress you most with their warmth and friendliness are also sharply observing. And
when it comes to energy, she's wound up tighter than a 10-turn spin. Wherever she
goes, things rev up. When she sees something to be done, it's done. Period."
"I held out for single rooms in the
barracks," Mis Cochran remared. "Even though there'll merely be
partitionjs between them, they'll at least be private".
Uniforms are a probability.
"I think you'll agree that we should have
some uniformity in clothing," Miss Cochran observed. "but they should be
work clothes. No one would want to wear a uniform to a social affair anyway. The color will be the majority's choice."
"Finally for those who are wondering about the
"X" in the NXI8562 of the trim green Beechcraft Miss Cochran flew in, she
explaines the X is for the engine. It's a 600 horse power Pratt and Whitney
instead of the usual 450.
"I believe that plane has won more prize
money than any other in America" she offered with just pride." At
16,000 feet it will cruise at 240 miles per hour."
Which isn't just putting along---even for Miss