Subject: Two "First" Ladies
From: Christopher W. Thomas (
Date: Tues May 18, 1999 at 8:52PM

Two "First" Ladies

On this day in nineteen fifty-three
Jacqueline Cochran came to be ...
The first woman to break the sound barrier
As she piloted her F-86 in air over California

Then thirty-eight years later, another first
As Helen Sharman became immersed ...
In space, from a Soviet-made spacecraft
The first Brit to do it ... and not at all daft!

- Tristram

Christopher W. Thomas
7:55pm Tuesday, May 18th, 1999