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Black and white photograph of Martha Ann Reading (laying under wing) and Geraldine "Jerri" Sloan Truhill (squatting next to plane) working on their plane before the 1958 All-Woman Transcontinental Air Race, also known as the Powder Puff…

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Aviatrix Geraldine "Jerri" Sloan Truhill bending down from the cockpit of a Cessna 175 to pick up her son, David. Next to her sits her co-pilot, Martha Ann Reading. Truhill was one of the thirteen women who passed all of the astronaut tests given at…

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Myrtle Cagle undergoing astronaut testing. Here, she is shown performing the tilt table test at the Lovelace Clinic. Cagle was one of thirteen women that successfully passed these tests, and this group later became known as the Mercury 13.

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Myrtle Cagle undergoing astronaut testing. Here, she is shown performing the bicycle test at the Lovelace Clinic. Cagle was one of thirteen women that successfully passed these tests, and this group later became known as the Mercury 13.

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Geraldyn “Jerrie” Cobb undergoing astronaut testing. Cobb was one of thirteen women that successfully passed these tests, and this group later became known as the Mercury 13. Cobb was the first woman to complete these tests.

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Jean Hixson undergoing astronaut testing at the Lovelace Clinic in 1961. Hixson was one of thirteen women that successfully passed these tests, and this group later became known as the Mercury 13.

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A portrait of Jean Hixson, a member of the Mercury 13.

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A portrait of Myrtle Cagle, a member of the Mercury 13.

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A portrait of Gene Nora Stumbough Jessen, a member of the Mercury 13.

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A portrait of Irene Leverton, a member of the Mercury 13.

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A portrait of Geraldine “Jerri” Sloan Truhill, a member of the Mercury 13.

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A portrait of Rhea Hurrle Allison Woltman, a member of the Mercury 13.

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A portrait of Marion Dietrich, a member of the Mercury 13.

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A portrait of Bernice “B” Steadman, a member of the Mercury 13.

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A portrait of Janet Dietrich, a member of the Mercury 13.

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A portrait of Jean Hixson, a member of the Mercury 13.

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A portrait of Sarah Gorelick Ratley, a member of the Mercury 13.

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A portrait of Jane Hart, a member of the Mercury 13.

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Pictured is an aerial view of the Lovelace Clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is a privately owned research institute, and it was the site chosen by NASA in 1959 to test men to be potential Project Mercury astronauts. Dr. William Lovelace also…

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The Lovelace Clinic in Albuquerque, New Mexico is a privately owned research institute. It was the site chosen by NASA in 1959 to test men to be potential Project Mercury astronauts. Dr. William Lovelace also independently tested women for astronaut…

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Geraldyn ("Jerrie") Cobb training on Multiple Axis Space Test Inertia Facility (MASTIF), or “gimbal rig,” at the NASA Lewis Research Center (now the John H. Glenn Research Center) in Cleveland, Ohio.

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Well-known female aviator and record breaker Geraldyn "Jerrie" M. Cobb, dressed in a white suit, smiles back at cameraman Dale Fudge from the airplane controls.

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Portrait of Bernice "B" Steadman standing next to some of her flying trophies. Steadman was one of thirteen women to pass the first female astronaut testing program in 1961. This group of thirteen women later became known as the Mercury 13.

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Geraldyn “Jerrie” Cobb shows off one of her many flying awards.

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Geraldyn “Jerrie” Cobb uses the reflection of an airplane spinner to apply her makeup.
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