Wally Schirra Quotes

28 Wally Schirra quotes:

"Dad went to Canada to learn how to fly with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He took me on my first airplane ride, where I could have a hand on the stick."
"When a test pilot comes off a flight, there is typically another pilot who is going to take it up, and he believes in the debriefing. You don't keep something to yourself."
"Within NASA, there were lots of things that were not appropriate to bring out to the public, because the press did not handle it well."
"In Mercury, you couldn't translate. You could just change attitude. But you were actually flying it like a flying machine in Gemini."
"Another real problem was over putting our helmets on for re-entry, because we all had severe head colds. They couldn't come up there and make us. Houston, you have a problem!"
"Apollo was a big, unwieldy vehicle. I had a problem with the flight controllers over that. It would try to fare its way like an airplane."
"I don't go along with going to Moon first to build a launch pad to go to Mars. We should go to Mars from Earth orbit. We have already been to the Moon; we've already practiced."
"I don't think the space station will ever do anything for exploration. Putting people up there for a year or more is the only way you will get anywhere near the exploration concept."
"I have fought the centrifuge ever since. When I visited Star City in Russia, I told them, you guys don't need a centrifuge, they are a waste of time."
"When people have asked if I'd like to go in the Shuttle, I said you don't get to fly it, except for landing, which I'd love to do. I wouldn't go unless I could command it."
"I was told having a website would help me. I have yet to figure out why my life story needs to be on the web."
"NASA should start thinking about this planet."
"Some of the wives didn't keep up with the program. It started breaking apart during the Apollo days."
"At the end of our NASA careers, no one had a place for us in the military."
"Each test pilot I know considers him, or herself, now that there are women, to be the very best. It's very demeaning to step down the ladder once in a while."
"I had always wanted to go to the Navy. As a young kid, I was intrigued by a Naval Officer with the beautiful brown shoes and sharp gold wings."
"I played English football - soccer - instead of American football, because we couldn't afford the equipment."
"As a Naval officer, I was trained, essentially bred, to be a military aviator. I was a Naval officer on assignment, not an employee of NASA."
"He who commands an Apollo flight will not command a second one."
"I saw the booster, not Sputnik, flying by, and I said, maybe this is the way we should be going, not just sitting back waiting for something to happen."

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