Top 21 Wally Schirra Quotes of 2020

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“When a man looks across a street, sees a pretty girl, and waves at her, that’s not a rendezvous, that’s a passing acquaintance. When he walks across the street and nibbles on her ear, that’s a rendezvous!”

― Wally Schirra

“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.”

― Wally Schirra

“I remember seeing war hero Jimmy Doolittle fly a Gee Bee racer there. He was my childhood hero. Many years later, I was lucky enough to go hunting with him.”

― Wally Schirra

“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.”

― Wally Schirra

“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!”

― Wally Schirra

“At the end of our NASA careers, no one had a place for us in the military.”

― Wally Schirra

“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.”

― Wally Schirra

“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.”

― Wally Schirra

“He who commands an Apollo flight will not command a second one.”

― Wally Schirra

“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.”

― Wally Schirra

“I played English football – soccer – instead of American football, because we couldn’t afford the equipment.”

― Wally Schirra

“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.”

― Wally Schirra

“I’ve always thought space station is a great name. It should be like a gas station where we go for service and supplies before heading further out.”

― Wally Schirra

“John Glenn craved the publicity. I think even John would admit that. When he went into politics, that became pretty obvious! He knew how to do public relations.”

― Wally Schirra

“Kennedy had made a mess in Cuba at the Bay of Pigs. He had to do something to look good. The Apollo program of going to the Moon was quite a goal.”

― Wally Schirra

“Kids today don’t want to get married. Too many of their friends have been married and divorced already. They just don’t believe in it.”

― Wally Schirra

“NASA should start thinking about this planet.”

― Wally Schirra

“Some of the wives didn’t keep up with the program. It started breaking apart during the Apollo days.”

― Wally Schirra

“We spent a lot of time in simulators. We were going to do it right.”

― Wally Schirra

“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.”

― Wally Schirra

“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.”

― Wally Schirra
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