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18th May, 1953

18th May, 1953

On May 18th, 1953 aviatrix Jacqueline Cochran became the first woman to pilot an aircraft supersonically. She broke the sound barrier, travelling 1006.6 kilometres miles per hour, in an F-86 Sabre and joined the previously male dominated ‘supersonic club’. Ten years later, also in May, 1963 Jacqueline Cochran took off from Edwards Air Force Base, California, to set a 100 kilometre closed-circuit world speed record for women of 1,937 kmh in a Lockheed Starfighter.

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