Schirra's Space. Walter Wally M. Schirra, Richard N. Billings.
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Schirra's Space

Boston: Quinlan Press, 1998. Boston: Quinlan Press (1988) hardcover 227 numbered pages, 8vo, original blue paper boards, gilt lettering on spine, gray endpapers original pictorial $16.95 priced unclipped dust jacket. Jacket design by Hannus Design Associates, front jacket painting by Robert Peak, back jacket photograph courtesy the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center.

First Edition | First Printing

Flat signed in black ink by Walter Marty "Wally" Schirra, Jr. on the half title page.

BOOK CONDITION: FINE; like new clean unmarked | JACKET CONDITION: VERY GOOD+ dust jacket; ¼” closed tear to back top edge near spine, a few tiny surface nicks, bit of edge wear along the top and a few on flap folds, clean bright, price intact.

Walter Marty "Wally" Schirra, Jr. (March 12, 1923 – May 3, 2007)

ABOUT the book:

Irreverent, provocative, and filled with fascinating anecdotes, this autobiography offers a revealing inside look at the early days of spaceflight...Written as a conversational piece about the twenty-year career of Navy test pilot and astronaut Wally Schirra, this performance maintains the armchair tone and pace of what amounts to a collection of personal anecdotes. Richard Rohan handles the technical vocabulary well, making it seem as though the author himself were doing the narration. Schirra jumps around in time and space and repeats himself occasionally, but he convinces his fans that pilots work hard and play hard, and the causal stories of both his professional lives make interesting listening. Hear this book to learn what Commander Schirra said when President Kennedy asked him, "Wally, are you a turtle?"

ABOUT the author:

Walter Marty "Wally" Schirra, Jr. (March 12, 1923 – May 3, 2007), (Capt, USN), was an American naval officer and aviator, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and one of the original seven astronauts chosen for Project Mercury, United States first effort to put humans in space. He flew the six-orbit, nine-hour Mercury-Atlas 8 mission on October 3, 1962, becoming the fifth American, and the ninth human, to ride a rocket into space. In the two-man Gemini program, he achieved the first space rendezvous, station-keeping his Gemini 6A spacecraft within 1 foot (30 cm) of the sister Gemini 7 spacecraft in December 1965. In October 1968, he commanded Apollo 7, an 11-day low Earth orbit shakedown test of the three-man Apollo Command/Service Module. He was the first person to go into space three times, and the only person to have flown in Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo, logging a total of 295 hours and 15 minutes in space. He retired from the U.S. Navy at the rank of Captain and from NASA after his Apollo flight, becoming a consultant to CBS News for its coverage of the subsequent Apollo flights. He joined Walter Cronkite as co-anchor for the seven Moon landing missions.

Schirra died at the age of 84 on May 3, 2007 of a heart attack while undergoing treatment for abdominal cancer.

Schirra was born in Hackensack, New Jersey, on March 12, 1923, to an aviation family that hailed from the Italian island of Sardinia. Schirra's father, Walter M. Schirra, Sr., who was born in Philadelphia, joined the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War I, and flew bombing and reconnaissance missions over Germany. After the war he barnstormed at county fairs around New Jersey. Schirra's mother, Florence Shillito (née Leach) Schirra, went along on her husband's barnstorming tours and performed wing walking stunts. By the time he was 15, Wally was flying his father's airplane. His hobbies were skiing, hunting, sailing, and fishing.

Schirra was a Boy Scout and earned the rank of First Class in Troop 36 in Oradell, New Jersey.

Schirra attended elementary school in Oradell, graduating in 1936, and graduated from Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood, New Jersey in 1940. He attended the Newark College of Engineering, where he was a member of Sigma Pi fraternity, Alpha Mu chapter. He was later appointed to the United States Naval Academy, and graduated with the accelerated Class of 1946 with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1945.

He married the former Josephine Cook "Jo" Fraser of Seattle, Washington on February 23, 1946; she was the stepdaughter of Admiral James L. Holloway, Jr.. They had two children: Walter M. Schirra, III, born June 23, 1950 and Suzanne, born September 29, 1957. Jo Schirra died April 27, 2015.

In 1988 (republished in 1999) Wally Schirra, with Richard N. Billings, released his first autobiography Schirra's Space.

In 1995 Schirra co-authored the book Wildcats to Tomcats: The Tailhook Navy with fellow Navy Captains Richard L. (Zeke) Cormier, and Phil Wood, with Barrett Tillman as the writer. It has a section by each of these Naval Aviators that cover five decades of flight experiences, including combat tours in World War II, Korea & Vietnam.

In 2005 Schirra co-authored the book The Real Space Cowboys with Ed Buckbee. The book is an account of the 'Mercury Seven' astronauts. It follows them through the process of selection for the program, their entire careers, and into retirement. Wernher von Braun, NASA, Space Camp, and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center are given special attention.

Schirra was also a major contributor to the 2007 book, In the Shadow of the Moon, which captured his final published thoughts on his life and career.

Schirra died on May 3, 2007 of a heart attack while undergoing treatment for abdominal cancer at Scripps Green Hospital (currently The Heart Center at Scripps) in La Jolla, California. He was 84 years old. A memorial service for Schirra was held on May 22 at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery in California. The ceremony concluded with a three-volley salute and a flyover by three F/A-18s. Schirra was cremated and his ashes were committed to the sea on February 11, 2008. The burial at sea ceremony was held aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and his ashes were released by Commander Lee Axtell, CHC, USN, the command chaplain aboard.

His widow, Josephine “Jo” Schirra, died on April 27, 2015, in Rancho Santa Fe, California at the age of 91.

**Information gathered from places such as Wikipedia and GoodReads.**.

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ISBN: 9781557700346

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