Photo of John Hughes and Terry Welch

Museum volunteer John Hughes escorts Terry Welch, a member of  the American Association of University Women (AAUW), around the museum as part of her research on historical aviatrix Jackie Cochran. Among her other achievements, Cochran founded Woman’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) in WWII.  These civilian volunteers ferried and tested planes so male pilots could head to combat duty. Cochran set many records and was the first woman to break the sound barrier on 18 May 1953.

Welch portrayed Cochran in 10-15 minute presentations for all the 5th grade classes on the island as part of their annual AAUW “Women in History” production.