Fighting for space : two pilots and their historic battle for female spaceflight

by Teitel, Amy Shira,

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South Park Library Biographies 629.13092 TEI
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Call Number  629.13092 TEI
Spaceflight historian Amy Shira Teitel tells the riveting story of the female pilots who each dreamed of being the first American woman in space.

When the space age dawned in the late 1950s, Jackie Cochran held more propeller and jet flying records than any pilot of the twentieth century--man or woman. She had led the Women's Auxiliary Service Pilots during the Second World War, was the first woman to break the sound barrier, ran her own luxury cosmetics company, and counted multiple presidents among her personal friends. She was more qualified than any woman in the world to make the leap from atmosphere to orbit. Yet it was Jerrie Cobb, twenty-five years Jackie's junior and a record-holding pilot in her own right, who finagled her way into taking the same medical tests as the Mercury astronauts. The prospect of flying in space quickly became her obsession.

While the American and international media spun the shocking story of a "woman astronaut" program, Jackie and Jerrie struggled to gain control of the narrative, each hoping to turn the rumored program into their own ideal reality--an issue that ultimately went all the way to Congress.

This dual biography of audacious trailblazers Jackie Cochran and Jerrie Cobb presents these fascinating and fearless women in all their glory and grit, using their stories as guides through the shifting social, political, and technical landscape of the time.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "After a 1962 U.S. Congressional hearing on women in space (the so-called Mercury 13), it took 20 years before Sally Ride make her historic flight. At the hearing's center were two accomplished pilots who dominated the national conversation on the subject: Jackie Cochran and Jerrie Cobb. Competitors, even enemies, they presented conflicting viewpoints on the topic and consistently fought over the limelight. Spaceflight historian Teitel took a deep dive into a host of public records to craft this dual biography of Cochran and Cobb, creating a firm portrait of two driven and determined individuals. The crux of their conflict was whether NASA should support women going to space sooner rather than later. Teitel clearly presents their positions but there remains a great deal of grey area regarding how and why they acted as they did. Teitel appears to side with Cochran and the book's abrupt ending raises questions about Cobb's later endeavors. Pair this with other titles on the subject, such as Into That Silent Sea (2007) and Wally Funk's Race for Space (2019).--Colleen Mondor Copyright 2020 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Additional Information
Subjects Cochran, Jacqueline.
Cobb, Jerrie.
Women air pilots -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Air pilots -- United States -- Biography -- Juvenile literature.
Aeronautics -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Publisher New York :Grand Central Publishing,2020
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description xxi, 426 pages 16 pages of unnumbered plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 387-426).
ISBN 9781538716045
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