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Wally Funk

1939 - Today

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Mary Wallace Funk (born February 1, 1939) is an American aviator, commercial astronaut, and Goodwill Ambassador. She was the first female air safety investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, the first female civilian flight instructor at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, and the first female Federal Aviation Agency inspector, as well as one of the Mercury 13.Funk became the oldest person to go to space on July 20, 2021, at age 82, flying on Blue Origin's New Shepard spacecraft during its suborbital flight, breaking a record held by John Glenn for 23 years. Her record would stand until later that year when William Shatner's flight took place on October 13; Shatner was age 90 at the time. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wally Funk has received more than 939,539 page views. Her biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia. Wally Funk is the 51st most popular pilot, the 7,414th most popular biography from United States and the 10th most popular American Pilot.

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  • 45.21

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  • 20

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  • 2.16

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  • 3.64

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among pilots, Wally Funk ranks 51 out of 48Before her are Nikolai Kamanin, Sarla Thakral, Lotfia Elnadi, Jacqueline Cochran, Stasys Girėnas, and Maryse Bastié. After her are Hélène Boucher, Jerrie Cobb, Viktor Talalikhin, Charles Kingsford Smith, Cornelia Fort, and Yves Rossy.

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Among people born in 1939, Wally Funk ranks 398Before her are Elizabeth Ashley, Barbara Hammer, Larry Linville, Terele Pávez, George F. R. Ellis, and Stuart Kauffman. After her are John Negroponte, Danas Pozniakas, Daniel Viglietti, Veniamin Soldatenko, Ivan Vutsov, and Vladimír Weiss.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Wally Funk ranks 7,414 out of 18,182Before her are Jimmy Hart (1943), ASAP Rocky (1988), Courtney Thorne-Smith (1967), John Logan (1961), Richard Rush (1929), and Larry Lieber (1931). After her are Albert Salmi (1928), Robert Ripley (1890), Michael Franks (1944), Harold D. Babcock (1882), Fred Saberhagen (1930), and Johnny Burnette (1934).

Among PILOTS In United States

Among pilots born in United States, Wally Funk ranks 10Before her are Chesley Sullenberger (1951), Chuck Yeager (1923), Joseph Kittinger (1928), Claire Lee Chennault (1890), Bessie Coleman (1892), and Jacqueline Cochran (1906). After her are Jerrie Cobb (1931) and Cornelia Fort (1919).