FIRST WOMAN BREAKS SOUND BARRIER ON THIS DATE IN 1953

jacqueline cochran F-86

Jacqueline Cochran stands in front of the Canadian-built F-86 Sabre jet, in which
she became the first woman to break the sound barrier. Cochran flew over Rogers
Dry Lake, California at an average speed of 652.337 miles-per-hour. Among her
other aviation firsts: She was the first woman to take off from an aircraft carrier, the
first woman to reach Mach 2, the first pilot to make a blind instrument landing and
the first woman inducted into the Aviation Hall of Fame.

cochran later
1962

        cochran stamp

posted by Bob Karm in AIRCRAFT,ANNIVERSARY,CLASSIC AIRCRAFT,HISTORY and have Comments (3)

3 Responses to “FIRST WOMAN BREAKS SOUND BARRIER ON THIS DATE IN 1953”

  1. Robert Collins says:

    It’s “breaks”!

  2. Bill Van Luchene says:

    Sorry, the F-86 was NOT a supersonic airplane. Likely she flew the F-100 for that feat.

  3. Bill Van Luchene says:

    I stand corrected,. she flew a “one off” F-86 made in Canada. The standard F-86 was not a normally a supersonic aircraft,

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