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AAHS Journal Vol 64, No 3
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Winter 2019

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February 26, 1952

North American test pilot George Smith becomes the first person to survive a supersonic ejection.  During a test flight the controls of a production F-100A Super Sabre lock and the plane enters a near vertical dive.  At an altitude of 6000 ft at Mach 1.05 (675 mph), Smith ejects.  He experiences a peak 64 g from wind-drag deceleration and spends .29 sec above 20 g.  Smith immediate lost consciousness and his chute deploys but with 1/3 of its panels ripped.  Gravely injured he lands in the Pacific where a fishing boat finds him.  Smith recovers after a long convalescence and returns to testing high performance a/c.

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