Higher Faster Longer – My Life in Aviation and My Quest for Spaceflight

Since she was a girl in a Superman cape jumping off the family barn and stargazing from the slopes of Taos Mountain, Wally Funk has kept going higher, faster, and longer every time she saw an opportunity.

In college, Wally soared through the aviation program, landing herself a flight instructor position after graduation. From there, she set a record in astronaut testing, which she passed with flying colors.

The scuttling of the Mercury 13 program didn’t stop Wally, who used her dreams to fuel an adventure-studded life. Traveling the world, shattering glass ceilings, and always keeping one eye on the stars, Wally relentlessly, joyfully reached higher, flew faster, and traveled longer on her way to space. For the first time in her own words, here is the stellar story of a truly unique American space pioneer.

Loretta Hall

About Loretta Hall (Albuquerque, New Mexico Author)

Loretta Hall

Loretta Hall remembers being enthralled with NASA’s manned space program from Mercury’s first suborbital flight through Apollo’s moon missions. Those pioneering days were filled with widespread excitement as man ventured away from Mother Earth. Loretta sees a similar wave of fascination and awe now as private enterprise develops a fantastic array of new vehicles for space tourism as well as scientific research. She lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, a three hour drive north of Spaceport America. Loretta is a Certified Space Ambassador for the National Space Society and an active member of the National Federation of Press Women.