Friday, September 13, 2013

Jackie's Lucky Number 13

Today is Friday the 13th... oooohhhh, spooooky...

This-here cyber-rag has absolutely nuthin' to do with big ugly machete-wielding old-school hockey goalies who come up with increasingly innovative and interesting ways to slay hapless teenagers at the local haunted lake. So if you're hoping to see anything like that, we're afraid you'll be somewhat disappointed.

However, if you wanna see a Beechcraft D17W Staggerwing with the number 13 on its side which was used by aviatrix Jacqueline Cochran to set an altitude record of 30,052 feet on March 24th, 1939, you came to the right place!

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And here's a look at the gal herself, with the ship in question, which was one of two D17Ws to be built and just one of several aircraft that Cochran flew which were adorned with her lucky number 13. This Staggerwing later served with the USAAF under the designation UC-43K and was assigned the U.S. Army serial number 42-107277. At the moment, we haven't a clue as to what happened to this little ship after her time in service with Uncle Sam came to an end.

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