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The use of parachutes began before powered flight: in China and France, people used parachutes to jump out of hot air balloons. According to the Museum:

“One of the first well-known skydiver was Georgia “Tiny” Broadwick who started jumping from balloons in 1907 at the age of fifteen. At less than five feet tall, Broadwick was called “The Doll Girl”. In 1912, Broadwick became the first woman to parachute from an airplane. She made over a thousand exhibition jumps in her career.

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Above, an ejection seat.
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The mannequin pictured above is dressed in typical skydiving gear.
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