Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate’s Expresses Support for Grapevine Resident Wally Funk’s Trip into Space

Wally Funk – Now and Then

In support of Grapevine resident Wally Funk‘s inaugural commercial space flight aboard Jeff Bezos’ rocket, Grapevine Mayor William D. Tate shared words of appreciation and support:

“It is a great day for Grapevine when one of our most treasured citizens participates in such a historic event. Wally Funk is a true trailblazer, and I and all of the residents of Grapevine are so proud of her as she propels not only herself but the entire world into the realm of commercial space travel.  

In her 82 years her passion for air travel led her to experience many firsts. She was among the first wave of Americans, and the first group of women, who trained for space travel during the first space race. She is now the oldest and among the first to chart an unprecedented course for commercial space travel. Wally, as you fly into space, your Grapevine community flies with you, and we hope you have the ride of your life!,” said the Mayor.


82 year-old Wally Funk is one of a dozen women who have come to be known as the “Mercury 13,” which were women who were passed over from going into space. Until now.

Jeff Bezos of Amazon fame, created private spaceflight company, Blue Origin, which is targeting today, July 20, 2021 for its first crewed “New Shepard” mission — a suborbital jaunt that will loft Bezos, his brother Mark, pioneering aviator Wally Funk and 18-year-old Oliver Daeman, who took the place of a still-mysterious person who paid $28 million for his or her seat in an online auction but pulled out of the July 20 flight due to scheduling conflicts, according to Blue Origin. 

Blue Origin’s New Sheperd

Watch the entire process here on Blue Origin

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