The Stafford Air & Space Museum is named in honor of Weatherford native and legendary test pilot and astronaut, Lt. General Thomas P. Stafford. Stafford was born in 1930 and raised in Weatherford, OK. His mother came to Oklahoma in a covered wagon and lived to see her only child fly to the moon. Stafford was selected by NASA in the second group of astronauts in 1962. He would fly 4 historic space missions (Gemini 6, Gemini 9, Apollo 10, and Apollo-Soyuz), three of them as Mission Commander. For his efforts as Joint Commander of the U.S. and Soviet Apollo-Soyuz mission, Stafford received a Nobel Peace Prize nomination. Stafford is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Space Medal of Honor, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, and the Oklahoma Aviator of the Century Award.
The annual SWOSU Physics Alumni Banquet was held Saturday, March 30th, at the Stafford Air and Space Museum with special guest speaker, Gene Kranz. Kranz served as the Chief Flight Director during the Gemini and Apollo missions, and is best known for his role in directing the successful Mission Control team efforts to save the
The museum is the perfect place to host any event! Our Apollo Conference Room is available every day of the week. Birthday parties, family reunions, receptions, corporate events… the museum can host them all! Plus, all your guests receive FREE admission to the museum!
We have launched the most exciting fundraising campaign in the museum’s history to kick off the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Stafford Air & Space Museum to expand the current facility. The Stafford Museum stands not only as a tribute to General Stafford and the many pioneers of aerospace, but also as an institution that has the ability to leave a lasting impact on individuals through the stories and the history of the evolution of aviation and spaceflight.
The museum’s aerospace artifact collection has grown to one of national importance in recent years. The building expansion will allow the needed space for numerous priceless artifacts to be displayed. Examples include NASA’s Fixed-Base Space Shuttle simulator that was used for the primary training of all 135 astronaut crews who flew the Shuttle and a set of actual pieces of the “Wright Flyer,” the world’s first successful flight of a controlled-powered aircraft, that were carried to the moon and back by astronaut Neil Armstrong.
The museum’s mission is to preserve not only Tom Stafford’s legacy, and the legacy of those who participate in this campaign, but to educate and inspire future generations to dare themselves to be great. We invite you to join us in this endeavor and leave your legacy.