Science: Heads Up

Wally Schirra acquired his interest in flying and sophisticated machinery by inheritance. His father, a retired engineer, now 68. was a bomber pilot in World War I who was shot down over the Western Front but managed to survive and fly again. He kept flying after the war, and for eight months was a barnstormer at county fairs. Sometimes when he stunted to impress the customers, his young wife Flo climbed out on the lower wing of his beat-up biplane.

Gung-Ho, Heads-Up. Wally was a wild boy. "I hated to open the front door," his mother recalls, "and see the police chief...

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