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On December 3, 1957, following a day of special training, the 60-year-old Margaret Chase Smith of Maine suited up in flight gear, donned a parachute and oxygen mask, and climbed into an F-100 Super Sabre Jet piloted by Air Force Major Clyde Good. Reaching speeds of nearly 1,000 miles per hour, Smith became the first women in Congress to break the sound barrier.

Related Link: “Mach Buster Maggie: The Supersonic Senator from Maine”

credit: Margaret Chase Smith Library