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Outtakes from Wally's Memoir
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.
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.
Wally was interviewed for the Oklahoma State alumni magazine in September 1961. Here's a peek:
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At the close of her senior year, Wally again was named the top female pilot of the international air meet held in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to receiving the Flying Aggie's top female award, a new honor was bestowed upon her. She was selected to receive the Alfred Alder Memorial trophy given annually to the outstanding male and female pilots of the year.

Upon present the latter, Hoyt Walkup, Flying Aggie sponsor ... commented, "This young lady has one of the brightest futures in aviation that I have ever seen. Mark my word, if ever a woman flies into space, it will be Wally, or one of her students."

Graduating from OSU, Wally had surpassed her childhood dreams. Her stubborn determination had now earned her several honors, invaluable experience and, finally, a career as civilian flight instructor at Fort Sill.

"So many things happened all at once," says the enthusiastic aviatrix. "At first I had absolutely nothing, then suddenly, before I realized it, I had newer and stronger ambitions."


Wally was interviewed for the Oklahoma State alumni magazine in September 1961. Here's a peek:
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At the close of her senior year, Wally again was named the top female pilot of the international air meet held in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to receiving the Flying Aggie's top female award, a new honor was bestowed upon her. She was selected to receive the Alfred Alder Memorial trophy given annually to the outstanding male and female pilots of the year.

Upon present the latter, Hoyt Walkup, Flying Aggie sponsor ... commented, "This young lady has one of the brightest futures in aviation that I have ever seen. Mark my word, if ever a woman flies into space, it will be Wally, or one of her students."

Graduating from OSU, Wally had surpassed her childhood dreams. Her stubborn determination had now earned her several honors, invaluable experience and, finally, a career as civilian flight instructor at Fort Sill.

"So many things happened all at once," says the enthusiastic aviatrix. "At first I had absolutely nothing, then suddenly, before I realized it, I had newer and stronger ambitions."



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