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From: Geneva, Switzerland
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posted 03-05-2018 10:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Wally Funk's Race for Space: The Extraordinary Story of a Female Aviation Pioneer
by Sue Nelson
In 1961, Wally Funk was among the Mercury 13, the first group of American pilots to pass the "Women in Space" programme. Wally sailed through a series of rigorous physical and mental tests, her scores beating many of the male candidates', including those of John Glenn, the first American in orbit.

But just one week before she was due to enter the final phase of training, the programme was abruptly cancelled. A combination of politics and prejudice meant that none of the women ever flew into space. Undeterred, Wally went on to become one of America's first female aviation inspectors and civilian flight instructors, though her dream of being an astronaut never dimmed.

In Wally Funk's Race for Space, journalist and fellow space buff Sue Nelson follows Wally, now approaching her eightieth birthday, as she prepares to make her giant leap — before it's too late. Covering their travels across the United States and Europe — taking in NASA's mission control in Houston and Spaceport America in New Mexico, where Wally's ride to space awaits — this is a uniquely intimate and entertaining portrait of a true aviation trailblazer.

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • The Westbourne Press (October 1, 2018)
  • ISBN-10: 1908906340
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908906342


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posted 03-05-2018 12:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I met this fantastic lady at Sebring, Florida in January 2017. She excitedly signed my pilot log book and I thoroughly enjoyed talking with her.

I don't know why they waited all that time until Sally Ride.

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