A month in the past, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos mentioned that he would be the first billionaire to fly to house on the July 20 flight. At this time, he introduced by way of Instagram that the fourth passenger will probably be Wally Funk, a participant of the Mercury 13 program.
Wally Funk (82 years previous) will turn into the oldest particular person of the flight organized by Bezos’ house tourism firm Blue Origin. Nonetheless, Funk was the primary feminine Federal Aviation Administration inspector and first feminine Nationwide Transportation Security Board air security investigator.
“In 1961, Wally Funk was on the high of her class as a part of the ‘Mercury 13’ Lady in House Program. Regardless of finishing their coaching, this system was cancelled, and not one of the 13 flew,” Bezos defined.
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Within the video, Bezos asks Funk what her first phrases will probably be after touching again down on earth. “I’ll say, ‘Honey, that’s the most effective factor that’s ever occurred to me’ and offer you a hug!” Funk responds.
Truly, Funk has managed to rack up 19,600 flying hours.
“The whole lot that the FAA has, I’ve acquired the license for,” she mentioned. “And I can outrun you.” Funk additionally recalled her time within the Mercury 13 program, which was privately funded and separate from NASA’s efforts to recruit the primary US astronauts.
“They advised me that I had performed higher and accomplished the work sooner than any of the fellows,” she mentioned. “So I acquired a maintain of NASA 4 instances. I mentioned, ‘I wish to turn into an astronaut,’ however no person would take me.”
“I didn’t assume that I’d ever get to go up,” she added. “They mentioned, ‘Wally, you’re a woman! You possibly can’t do this!’ I mentioned, ‘guess what? Doesn’t matter what you’re. You possibly can nonetheless do it if you wish to do it. And I love to do issues that no person has ever performed.’”
“It’s an journey. It’s a giant deal for me.”
As for the remainder of two passengers, Wally and Jeff will fly to house with Mark, Bezos’ brother and an unidentified one that paid $28 million at public sale.
“Ever since I used to be 5 years previous, I’ve dreamed of touring to house,” Bezos mentioned. “On July twentieth, I’ll take that journey with my brother. The best journey, with my greatest pal.” He additionally added that he had at all times dreamed about this.
By the way in which, Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX, and Richard Branson, founding father of Virgin Galactic, have but to experience with their firms to house.
As a reminder, there are nonetheless two seats ready for passengers.