Tulsa, Oklahoma 2021-07-20 09:16:38 –
Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest man in the world and former Amazon CEO, is launching into space with a rocket manufactured by his space exploration company, Blue Origin.
One of the three with him is making history and she has something to do with Oklahoma.
Mary Wallace “Wally” Funk will be the oldest person ever to go to space. She attended Oklahoma State University, where she earned a degree and most aviation ratings and qualifications.
After becoming a professional aviator, Funk’s first job was in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, in 1959, when he was only 20 years old. She was the first female flight instructor at a US military base at the time.
In late 1971, Funk received a flight inspector rating from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and became the first woman to complete the FAA’s Academy of General Aviation Operations Inspectors course. This included pilot certification, accident and breach handling, and flight test procedures.
Funk then made history again in 1974 when he was hired by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) as the first female aviation safety inspector.
For years, she is now focusing on education to teach students how to fly as a chief pilot. It is estimated that she taught more than 700 students as an instructor.
Funk, along with the Bezos brothers and Blue Origin’s first space travel customer, Oliver Daman, took off from the Blue Origin launch pad to western Texas around 8 am local time.
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