•Pancho Barnes

•William J. "Pete" Knight

•Lt. Col. Jacqueline Cochran

•Air Force test pilot Chuck Yeager posing in front of his Bell X-1

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1. Pancho Barnes, c. 1930s
Photographic Print
2012.999.49.02
MOAH Permanent Collection
Gift of Edwards Air Force Base (AFFTC-HO)

2. William J. "Pete" Knight, c. 1960s
Photographic Print
2012.999.55.01
MOAH Permanent Collection

3. Lt. Col. Jacqueline Cochran, c. 1939
Photographic Print
2012.999.51.01
MOAH Permanent Collection
Gift of Edwards Air Force Base (AFFTC-HO)

4. Air Force test pilot Chuck Yeager posing in front of his Bell X-1, 1947
Photographic Print
2012.999.52.01
MOAH Permanent Collection
Gift of Edwards Air Force Base (AFFTC-HO)

1. Born Florence Leontine Lowe, "Pancho Barnes" broke Amelia Earhart’s speed record during the 1930 Women’s Air Derby. She worked as a Hollywood stunt pilot in the early 1930s, and purchased 180-acres of barren land adjacent to Rogers Dry Lake bed and Muroc Army Airfield (later known as EAFB) in 1935. It was here she established Happy Bottom Riding Club, where her hospitality towards the airmen at Muroc eventually lead to her becoming referred to as the “Mother of Edwards Air Force Base.”

2. William John “Pete” Knight, who holds world record for flight speed in a winged vehicle, graduated from the Air Force Experimental Flight Test Pilot at EAFB in 1958. After more than sixteen flights in the X-15A-2, Knight became one of five people to earn astronaut wings by flying an airplane into space.

3. Jacqueline "Jackie" Cochran owner of Jacqueline Cochran Cosmetics, who became a world-class competitive pilot, was the woman to break the sound barrier, she flew a Northup T-38 with Chuck Yeager flying beside her. She also designed the first oxygen mask.

4. Chuck Yeager became a pilot in 1942 during WWII though he had originally joined as an aircraft mechanic. On several occasions he was stationed at Edwards Air Force Base. While at Edwards, he broke the sound barrier by traveling faster than the speed of sound in a Bell X-1 named "Glamorous Glennis" after his wife.