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First woman, Jackie Cochran, breaks sound barrier.....



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May 19, 1953

LEOMINSTER DAILY ENTERPRISE, Mass., May 19, 1953

* Jacqueline Cochran breaks the sound barrier
* 1st ever woman to do so - jet airplane


The top of page 6 has a two column heading: "Flies Through Sonic Barrier and Surpasses the Speed of Sound" (see)
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete with all 8 pages, light toning at the margins, minor spine wear, generally nice.

wikipedia notes: Encouraged by then-Major Chuck Yeager, with whom Cochran shared a lifelong friendship, on May 18, 1953, at Rogers Dry Lake, California, Cochran flew a Canadair F-86 Sabre jet borrowed from the Royal Canadian Air Force at an average speed of 652.337 mph. During the course of this run the Sabre went supersonic, and Cochran became the first woman to break the sound barrier.

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