A short animated film based on the true story of Jacqueline Auriol, a French pilot who was the first European woman to break the sound barrier, in 1953, is on YouTube. Auriol learned to fly in 1948 and was an accomplished aerobatics flier and test pilot. She logged time in more than 100 aircraft types, and set five world speed records for women in the 1950s and 1960s.
Several times, Auriol’s records broke the previous record set by Jacqueline Cochran of the U.S., and the two maintained a famous rivalry for years, according to The New York Times.
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