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Wally Funk's Race for Space: The Extraordinary Story of a Female Aviation Pioneer

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**This book is currently available for pre-sale only through July 16, 2018. Orders received for pre-sale will be shipped starting in August. This book will not be released in the United States until 2019 so be sure to take advantage of this early offer! Please call 216.623.1111 if you have any additional questions.

Wally will be our guest speaker on October 5 and will hold a book signing after her presentation. Be sure to order a ticket today and bring your book with you.**

In 1961, Wally Funk was among the Mercury 13, the first group of American pilots to pass the `Woman in Space' programme. Wally sailed through a series of rigorous physical and mental tests, with one of her scores beating all the male Mercury 7 astronauts', including John Glenn's, the first American in orbit. But just one week before 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 America's first female aviation safety inspector, though her dream of being an astronaut never dimmed. In this offbeat odyssey, journalist and fellow space buff Sue Nelson joins Wally, now approaching her eightieth birthday, as she races to make her own giant leap before it's too late. Covering their travels across the United States and Europe - taking in NASA's mission control in Houston, the European Space Agency's HQ in Paris and Spaceport America in New Mexico, where Wally's ride into space awaits - this is a uniquely intimate and entertaining portrait of a true aviation hero.