Like the other women who passed the Lovelace physical exams, I was scheduled to take what we called the Phase 3 tests at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, in September 1961. We each signed the following release:

"KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS: WHEREBY I [name] am about to take certain physical tests at the U. S. Naval Aviation Medical Center, Pensacola, Florida, which tests include but are not limited to airborne electro-encephalograph and the low pressure chambers, and WHEREAS, I am doing so entirely upon my own initiative, risk and responsibility;

"NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the permission extended to me by the United States through its officers and agents to take said tests, I do hereby, for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, remiss, release and forever discharge the government of the United States and all its officers, agents, and employees, acting officially or otherwise, from any and all claims, demands, actions, or causes of action, on account of my death or on account of any injury to me or my property which may occur from any causes during said tests or as a result thereof, as well as any other incident associated with such tests."

I didn't hesitate to sign it, but the Navy balked when NASA declined to cover the cost of the testing. We were notified, just a couple of days before flying to Florida, that the tests were cancelled.
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Wally's life has been too full to include everything in one book. Each month, this page will feature something that didn't make it into Higher, Faster, Longer.
Like the other women who passed the Lovelace physical exams, I was scheduled to take what we called the Phase 3 tests at the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, in September 1961. We each signed the following release:

"KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS: WHEREBY I [name] am about to take certain physical tests at the U. S. Naval Aviation Medical Center, Pensacola, Florida, which tests include but are not limited to airborne electro-encephalograph and the low pressure chambers, and WHEREAS, I am doing so entirely upon my own initiative, risk and responsibility;

"NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the permission extended to me by the United States through its officers and agents to take said tests, I do hereby, for myself, my heirs, executors and administrators, remiss, release and forever discharge the government of the United States and all its officers, agents, and employees, acting officially or otherwise, from any and all claims, demands, actions, or causes of action, on account of my death or on account of any injury to me or my property which may occur from any causes during said tests or as a result thereof, as well as any other incident associated with such tests."

I didn't hesitate to sign it, but the Navy balked when NASA declined to cover the cost of the testing. We were notified, just a couple of days before flying to Florida, that the tests were cancelled.

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