Jerrie Cobb - Fact Sheet

  • Awarded Amelia Earhart Gold Medal of Achievement.  1949.
  • Set four World Aviation Records for Speed, Distance, Absolute Altitude (2).  1957-60.
  • Named Woman of the Year in Aviation.  1958.
  • Receives Amelia Earhart Memorial Award.  1957.
  • Named Pilot of the Year by the National Pilots Association.  1959.
  • First woman awarded Gold Wings of the Federacion.
  • Aeronautique International, Paris, France.
  • Named Captain of Achievement by the International Academy of Achievement.
  • One of nine women selected by Life Magazine as the "100 most important young people in the United States."
  • Serves three years as consultant to Federal Aviation Administration.
  • Selected to be America's first woman astronaut.  1959.
  • First and only woman to successfully pass all three phases of Mercury astronaut tests.
  • Appointed consultant to the Administrator of NASA, Mr. James Webb.  1961.
  • Testifies in Congressional hearings on women as astronauts.  1962.
  • Awarded Pilot Captain Wings.
  • First civilian ever given honorary rank in the Colombian Air Force.  1964.
  • Received Lady Hay Drummond - Jessie R. Chamberlin trophy for "humanitarian flying in Amazonas."
  • Honored by the government of Ecuador for "pioneering new air routes over the Andes mountains and Amazon jungle."  1965.
  • Honored by governments of Brazil, Colombia, Peru, for "humanitarian flying serving primitive tribes."
  • Honored by the government of France for "outstanding flights serving isolated peoples."
  • Awarded the Harmon International Trophy for "top woman pilot in the world" by President Nixon at White House ceremony.  1973.
  • Receives the Bishop Wright Air Industry Award for her "humanitarian contributions to modern aviation".  1979.
  • Inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame as "the most outstanding aviatrix in America."
  • Honored by the Amazonas Comisaria for "life-saving jungle flights."  1986.
  • Receives Pioneer Woman Award for her "courageous frontier spirit" serving primitive Indians.
  • Inducted into the Oklahoma Aviation and Space Hall of Fame.  1990.
  • Inducted into Women in Aviation International Pioneer Hall of Fame.  2000.
  • Received honorary Doctor of Science, honoris causa, Degree from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh "for significant contributions to the nation and to science."  May 2007. 
  • Inducted into the United States National Aviation Hall of Fame at the Enshrinement Ceremony,
    Dayton, Ohio, October, 2012.  

  • ( Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.  1981.)

Biographies Published:

"Women Into Space: The Jerrie Cobb Story", 1963 (out of print)
"The Story of America's first lady astronaut."

"Jerrie Cobb, Solo Pilot", 1997.  (available, see below)
"The story of a courageous woman with an extraordinary talent for flying 
who chose not to exploit it, but rather to use it in serving others."

Books with chapters about Cobb:

          "Profiles in Success."  1965
          "At the Controls, Women in Aviation"  1990
          "Women Aviators1995
          "Amelia Earhart's Daughters1998

For more information contact:
Ruth Lummis, Director
Jerrie Cobb Foundation Inc.
1602 Dower Way
Sun City Center, FL 33573

The book "Jerrie Cobb, Solo Pilot" is available
from the foundation
( $23.00 paperback )