Canadair Sabre Mk.3: High-Stakes (II)

Jacqueline Cochran high above everything over the Mojave Desert. Thanks to his husband Floyd Odlum, a major stockholder in Canadair, Cochran obtained on lease a Royal Canadian Air force Orenda-powered Sabre to attempt a speed record. With technical advise of two of the most famous USAF test pilots -Chuck Yeager and Fred Ascani-,  she achieved just that on May, 1953 at an average speed of 652.337 mph. In the process she also became the first woman to break the “sound barrier”.

Magnificent LIFE magazine foto. Cochran wrote her own rules.

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