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Author Nelson, Sue, 1961- author.

Title Wally Funk's race for space : the extraordinary story of a female aviation pioneer / Sue Nelson.

Publication Info. Chicago, Illinois : Chicago Review Press, 2019.


Location Call No. Status
 GDL Central Library Non-Fiction  New Shelf  92 Funk,M NEL    Available
 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    92 FUNK,M NEL    Available
 PAS Linda Vista Branch Non-Fiction    92 FUNK,M NEL    Available
1 copy being processed for PAS Central Library On Order.
1 copy being processed for PAS Linda Vista Branch On Order.
1 copy being processed for GDL Central Library Non-Fiction.
Description xiii, 242 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Note "First published in Great Britain in 2018 by The Westbourne Press, an imprint of Saqi Books"--Title page verso.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-239).
Summary "Wally Funk was among the Mercury 13, the first group of American pilots to complete NASA's 1961 Women in Space program. Funk breezed through the rigorous physical and mental tests, her scores beating those of many of the male candidates--even John Glenn. Just one week before Funk was to enter the final phase of training, the entire program was abruptly canceled. Politics and prejudice meant that none of the more-than-qualified women ever went to space. Undeterred, Funk 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 this offbeat odyssey, journalist and fellow space buff Sue Nelson travels with Wally Funk, approaching her 80th birthday, as she races to make her giant leap. Covering their travels across the United States and Europe--taking in NASA's mission control in Houston and Spaceport America in New Mexico, where Funk's ride to space awaits."--Dust jacket flap.
Subject Funk, Wally, 1939-
Women air pilots -- United States -- Biography.
Air pilots -- United States -- Biography.
Astronauts -- Training of.
Outer space -- Exploration -- Political aspects -- United States.
Other Editions: Reproduction of (manifestation): Nelson, Sue. Wally Funk's race for space London : The Westbourne Press, 2018 9781908906342
ISBN 9781641601306 (hardcover) $26.99
1641601302 (hardcover) $26.99

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