USA’s First Female Astronaut Candidate Jerrie Cobb Dies in Florida at Age 88

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Cobb earned a commercial pilot’s license at age 18

ABOVE VIDEO: American pilot Jerrie Cobb hoped to be “the first Western woman in space,” according to an interview she gave to CBC’s Take 30 back in September 1963.

(FOX NEWS) – America’s first female astronaut candidate who pushed for women in space but never reached its heights has died, reports said.

Pilot Jerrie Cobb died in Florida on March 18 following a brief illness. She was 88.

News of her death came Thursday from journalist Miles O’Brien, serving as a family spokesman.

In 1961, Cobb became the first woman to pass the grueling astronaut testing. Altogether, 13 women passed the arduous physical testing and became known as the Mercury 13. But NASA already had its Mercury 7 astronauts, all jet test pilots and all military men.

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