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The John Bull becomes the oldest operable steam locomotive

John Bull is a British-built railroad steam locomotive that operated in the United States. It became the oldest operable steam locomotive in the world when the Smithsonian Institution operated it in 1981. Built by Robert Stephenson and Company, the John Bull was initially purchased by and operated for the Camden and Amboy Railroad.

The F-86 Sabre sets the world aircraft speed record

The F-86A set its first official world speed record of 671 miles per hour at Muroc Dry Lake flown by Major Richard L. Johnson, USAF. Five years later, Jacqueline Cochran became the first woman to break the sound barrier, flying a "one-off" Canadian-built F-86 Sabre Mk 3, alongside Chuck Yeager.

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