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Marina Popovich (b.1931), Russian-Soviet test pilot, climbing into a MiG-21 jet fighter. Popovich is one of the greatest female pilots of all time. She holds 107 world records in aviation set in more than 40 types of aircraft and logged more than 5,600 flying hours. In 1964 she became the first woman to break the sound barrier, doing so in a MiG-21. She married cosmonaut Pavel Popovich and had two daughters, although they divorced some years later. She is an outspoken advocate of UFO sightings and has written several books on the subject. Photographed in 1966.
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