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This Day in Georgia History

May 18, 1953

Jackie Cochran Broke Sound Barrier

Jacqueline Cochran, who spent part of her youth in Georgia, held more flying records than any other pilot - male or female. On this day, flying an F-86 Sabre jet over California, Cochran flew at an average speed of 652.337 miles per hour - becoming the first woman to break the sound barrier. She would later be inducted into the Georgia Aviation Hall of Fame. Additionally, the U.S. Postal Service issued a commemorative stamp in her honor on March 9, 1996.