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When young Donnie Cochran was working the family farm in rural Georgia with his 11 siblings, military jets would fly overhead and inspire him to some day become a pilot. Naval ROTC and pilot training made his dream a reality, and he became an F-8 Crusader pilot.
On his first deployment, a “6-month” cruise to the Med, he ended up circling the globe, gone for 9 months during the Iranian hostage crisis. There were more cruises, and more airplanes. A-4s, F-14s. And Donnie Cochran was selected to become the first African-American member of the Navy’s aerial demonstration team, The Blue Angels. Several years later, he became the first African-American Leader of the Blues.
After retiring from a distinguished Navy career, Captain Cochran had subsequent careers with UPS and Coca Cola in their Aviation departments. And now he’s giving back to his community as a motivational speaker.
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Captain Cochran’s website: http://donniecochran.com/