Wally Funk, Aviator, Mercury 13 Candidate Coming to WASP Museum, February 15

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Press Release
Staff Writer

The National WASP WWII Museum presents “A Conversation with Wally Funk, Aviator, Space Cowgirl and Mercury 13 Candidate”. The event will take place on Saturday, February 15, 5 – 7 p.m. in Hangar 1.
Cocktail hour begins at 5 p.m. followed by conversation and Q&A with Funk at 6 p.m..
Members are free with advance registration; non-members can save with advance registration or pay full price at the door. Please register at waspmuseum.org or call the Museum at 325-235-0099.
Funk is an American aviator whose life-time achievements in flight have earned her over 19,600 hours of airtime. Before she turned 22, she already met flight and educational criteria to be chosen as the youngest member of Mercury 13 – a group of women who trained to become astronauts for America’s first human spaceflight program in the early 1960s. Funk and colleague Jerrie Cobb successfully completed all three rigorous phases of NASA training. Ultimately, NASA would not support sending women into space and the program was cancelled. Funk and her 12 counterparts would not have this opportunity again. Nonetheless, she has never given up on her dream and is awaiting a space ride via Virgin Galactic with a ticket she purchased in 2010.
Funk has had an illustrious career as an American aviator and Goodwill Ambassador. She went on to become one of the first air safety investigators for the National Transportation Safety Board, a civilian flight instructor at Fort Sill, OK, and the first female Federal Aviation Agency inspector. Wally has been the chief pilot for five aviation schools across the country including Emery Aviation College. She is the youngest Stephen’s College alumnus to receive the Alumna Achievement Award, and her name is inscribed on the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum’s Wall of Honor. Funk enjoys many interests and hobbies. She is an expert marksman and a top slalom and downhill racer. Funk enjoys the outdoors and has restored a 1951 Rolls Royce automobile.
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