We face a problem in aviation with our really powerful human urge to label pilots as good or bad, average or excellent. The problem is two fold. First, despite the need in aviation to put a premium on safety, we can't help but glorify the pilots doing the most dangerous flying. Second, because we lack any real basis to judge piloting skill, we mostly measure pilots by what aircraft fly, which is generally a function of wealth or good early career choices, rather than skill.
I'm not going to solve that problem today. Jackie Cochran, although her aeronautical decision making should not be modeled for student pilots, and although she was able to achieve much of her success in aviation due to her staggering wealth, was a bad-ass. Less role model, more spirit animal.