Biographies of Astronaut and Cosmonaut Candidates

Funk II

Mary Wallace "Wally"


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Personal data

Birthdate:  31.01.1939
Birthplace:  Las Vegas, New Mexico
Marital status:  
Selection date:  01.02.1960
Position:  Pilot
Status:  Ret. 01.06.1963

Additional information

Belonged to the first female group, which was not accepted from the NASA; she is the lead pilot for the Interorbital Systems X-Prize entry to fly in space. She completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education at Oklahoma State University, along with additional aviation instrumentation and instruction ratings. She earned the rating of flight instructor in the United States, from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). At Fort Sill, Oklahoma, she became the first non-military flight instructor. She was the first woman to finish the FAA General Aviation Operations Inspector Academy. She finished it in 1971. She became an Air Safety Investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, in 1974.
Wally Funk made a sub-orbital flight with Blue Origin's NS-16 New Shepard mission on July 20, 2021.


Last update on May 27, 2024.