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History Hour: the first women parachute jump


21 June 1913: Georgia Ann (“Tiny”) Broadwick (1893–1979) was the first woman to jump from an airplane in flight with a parachute. She jumped from an airplane flown by Glenn L. Martin at 2,000 feet (607 meters) over Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California.

Her nickname, Tiny, was a reference to her small stature. She was less than 5 feet (1.5 meters) tall and weighed 85 pounds (38.5 kilograms)


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Tiny Broadwick at San Diego, California. (San Diego Air and Space Museum Archives)


Over the next several years she demonstrated the use of parachutes to the military, and is credited with making the first intentional free-fall descent. By the time she stopped jumping in 1922, Miss Broadwick had made over 1,100 parachute jumps.


On the main photo: Georgia Ann Broadwick. (San Diego Air and Space Museum Archives)


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