Collection Launches on Google Cultural Institute


New digital exhibits on the evolution of aviation and spaceflight are now available to Internet users worldwide!

Weatherford, Okla. (November 18, 2016) – The Stafford Air and Space Museum houses one of the finest collections of aerospace artifacts in the central United States, and is now on view for Internet users worldwide through the Google Cultural Institute.

“We are proud the Google Cultural Institute will include collections from the Stafford Air and Space Museum,” said Museum Director Max Ary. “We have worked closely with the Smithsonian Institution, NASA and the U.S. Air Force Museum to assemble thousands of artifacts, and hope these exhibits will motivate people around the world to learn and someday visit the museum in person.”

More than 50 actual artifacts and high-fidelity replicas currently displayed at the museum will be included in the Google Arts and Culture Collection. In addition, a featured exhibit will focus on the Apollo Soyuz Test Project (ASTP) mission, the first international joint space mission between Russia and the United States, which was conducted in 1975. General Thomas P. Stafford, the museum’s namesake, served as the U.S. Commander of the ASTP mission.

Using the Street View feature, online visitors can virtually move around the Stafford Air and Space Museum, selecting works that interest them and clicking to discover more or diving into the high resolution images, where available.

A specially designed Street View ‘trolley’ took 360 degree images of selected exhibits which were then stitched together, enabling smooth navigation of over six large galleries within the Museum, including aircraft ranging from the Wright Flyer to the F-16, and space history from Robert Goddard to the Space Shuttle.

“Google aims to highlight a wide breadth of art, history and culture through the Cultural Institute,” said Andrew Silvestri, Google’s head of public affairs for the Central Region. “The story of General Stafford’s journey to becoming a world-renowned astronaut has inspired generations of Oklahomans. This partnership will allow new audiences the opportunity to explore the history of American aerospace and aviation, potentially inspiring the next generation of space pioneers.”

View the live exhibit here.


About the Google Cultural Institute

The Google Cultural Institute is dedicated to creating technology that helps the cultural community to bring their cultural treasures, archives, heritage sites and other material online. The aim is to increase the range and volume of material from the cultural world that is available for people to explore online and in doing so, democratize access to it and preserve it for future generations.

Katy Gustafson

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Stories at the Stafford – June 9th at 7pm!

Spend an enjoyable evening as noted historian Barbara Schultz reflects on the life of aviatrix Pancho Barnes through images and anecdotes! Pancho was one of aviation’s most colorful members.  In the 1920s, she barnstormed her way through the skies to become one of the best, capturing the women’s speed record in 1930. The test pilots of Edwards Air Force Base designated Pancho’s bar, the Happy Bottom Riding Club, their unofficial debriefing room in the 1950s. Amelia Earhart, Jimmy Doolittle, Howard Hughes, and Chuck Yeager were counted among Pancho’s pilot friends. Spontaneous, adventurous, and dedicated to both flying and friends, Pancho lived a remarkable life.

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Guest Speaker: Barbara Schultz

A noted aviation historian and author, Barbara Schultz now has four books in print:  Pancho: The Biography of Florence Lowe Barnes; Wedell-Williams Air Service; Flying Carpets, Flying Wings: The Biography of Moye W. Stephens; and Endorsed by Earhart: How Amelia Financed her Flying.  In addition to her books and magazine articles, she has been a consultant and participant in two aviation documentaries: The Happy Bottom Riding Club and Breaking through the Clouds.  All of her projects are well-researched, documented, and include many first-person interviews with pioneering pilots. Find out more at http://littlebuttesbooks.com!

Barbara earned her pilot’s license in 1978, purchased a 1950 Cessna 140A, and married her test pilot husband Phil.  Two years and two sons later, they established their own airport in the Antelope Valley where they still live.  Their large hangar/house contains a ‘flock’ of planes – the 140A waiting for new wings, a 1969 Cessna 150, Bonanza, Beech 18, and a Cub project.

A member of the Ninety-Nines, IWASM, WAI, VAA, EAA, and Women of Worldwide Aviation Week, it’s clear that aviation is more than just a hobby for the Schultz family.  It’s a life style!

Stafford Air & Space Museum

Thursday, June 9th at 7:00pm

*Refreshments will be served*


“Stories at the Stafford” is a special speaker series offered free to our members!

($5 for non-members)

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Camp Invention is June 13th-17th at the Stafford Museum!








Camp Invention takes summer fun and transforms it from ordinary to extraordinary!

In partnership with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, the Stafford Air & Space Museum is pleased to offer the nationally-acclaimed Camp Invention program to children entering grades 1st through 6th. It’s an exciting, weeklong summer adventure with lessons that explore connections between science, technology, engineering and innovation. Children will work together to seek solutions to real-world problems and sharpen critical 21st century learning skills while rotating through several fascinating modules. The week begins on June 13th with Tanner Wheeler serving as Director of the Epic™ program!

Here is how young innovators will be spending their time:

• Brainstorming product ideas and building original prototypes using real tools and components found in everyday devices
• Exploring the lives of giant insects, colorful animals and their environments
• Constructing and personalizing a DIY solar-powered cricket with a unique habitat
• Discovering the science of slime, demolition, electronic sound, giant squid and coding

All activities give participants the opportunity to be a part of something big while having fun!

Local educators will facilitate program modules and enthusiastic high school students will serve as Leadership Interns ensuring that one staff member is in place for every eight children.

Register on or before May 10, 2016 to receive $15 OFF the base price of $230. Every registration includes a complimentary Camp Invention t-shirt. Availability is limited, so visit www.campinvention.org or call 800.968.4332 to secure your child’s spot today!

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Tech Trek 2015 Comes to Stafford Museum

DSC_1208For the third time in a row, AAUW’s STEM based camp Tech Trek  took place on the campus of Southwestern Oklahoma State University. This year’s camp had 44 campers from across the state of Oklahoma. On Friday, June 12, the camp returned to the Stafford Air and Space Museum as part of their field trip day.

Led by Museum Staff member Tanner Wheeler, the campers toured the museum which earlier in the week hosted over 200 guests at the Apollo-Soyuz 40th Anniversary Gala. Attending the Gala were astronauts Tom Stafford, Gene Cernan, Al Bean, Walt Cunningham, John Herrington, Joe Engle, Cady Coleman, Owen Garriott, and Russian Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov. The campers literally followed in the footsteps of these historical figures as they wandered through the galleries.

Inside the museum, the campers were introduced to the Wright Brothers, Charles Lindbergh, and shown the history of flight and how it led to the world’s most intense race, the Space Race. Following the two-hour tour, the campers were able to enjoy lunch in the Apollo Room and then shop in the museum’s Gift Shop.

Before they said goodbye, the campers eagerly posed for several pictures outside the museum around the outdoor exhibits.


Tech Trek is a week-long STEM camp designed to create interest, excitement, and self-confidence in young women entering the eight grade.

The American Association of University Women advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research. Tech Trek is a project of AAUW in collaboration with SWOSU.

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Toasting a Legacy

The following story is from the Weatherford Daily News –

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Astronaut Tom Stafford, Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov, and Astronaut Alan bean toast to the legacy of the Apollo-Soyuz Mission at the Gala Monday evening.

Weatherford, OK – An evening of celebration relishing the 40th anniversary of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Mission ended with a series of celebratory toasts and wishes to good health in the future.

Russian cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov raised a glass toasting to what he said was a wonderful event and to the opportunity to celebrate the 50th anniversary in ten years. A very large bottle of scotch nearly one-third full filled the shot glasses of Stafford, Leonov and fellow U.S. Astronaut Alan Bean as they toasted their friendships and successes of the space program and its contributions to society.

“We hunted together, we fished together and we’ve had a few drinks together. We are like brothers,” Stafford said about Leonov.

“Russians like scotch… Aleksei had a great idea and said ‘Say, why don’t we write our names on the bottle and the last one left alive will drink it.’ So, let’s take a drink tonight so that the last one left alive will not have to drink that much,” Stafford added.

Stafford said, “It is so wonderful we can have this reunion in this museum in Weatherford.”

“We hope this is the start of something that will not only take us back to the moon but to mars,”  said Stafford.

The evening was called a very deserved salute to the mission and those who made it possible with a host of impressive dignitaries of the space programs and numerous Russian guests.

Among those dignitaries attending were Leonov, Stafford, Gemini and Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan, Apollo and Shuttle Astronaut and fighter pilot Joe Engle, Shuttle Astronaut John Herrington, Skylab Astronaut Owen Garriott, Apollo Astronaut and fighter pilot Walt Cunningham, Apollo Astronaut Alan Bean, Apollo Astronaut Fred Haise, Shuttle Astronaut Cady Coleman, First Nurse to NASA Dee O’Hara.

Other guests of honor were widow of Apollo astronaut Ron Evans, Jan Evans, widow of Gemini Astronaut Clifton C. Williams, Beth Williams and NASA engineers Glynn Lunney and Tom Weichel.

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Stafford Museum Celebrates Apollo-Soyuz 40th Anniversary

SASM 40th Anniversary Gala

Weatherford, OK   (June 2, 2015)  On June 8, 2015, Apollo and Shuttle astronauts from across the country will gather at the Stafford Air and Space Museum in Weatherford, Oklahoma for a gala event to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project.  Astronaut Thomas P. Stafford and Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov of the mission will be guests of honor at the gala.  The Apollo-Soyuz mission was the last of the Apollo missions and the first international human space flight.  For the mission, the United States and the Soviet Union joined forces to demonstrate cooperation between the two super powers.  The historic nine day mission launched on July 15, 1975 and marked the end of the Space Race.


After three years of planning, each nation launched its own spacecraft on July 15, 1975 with the goal of the two crafts connecting in space using a docking mechanism designed by NASA.  The US launched an Apollo command and service module with a three member crew and the Soviets launched a Soyuz spacecraft with a two member crew. On July 17 at 4:19 p.m. (UTC), the spacecrafts docked together and the portal connecting the two opened.  As the world watched, U.S. Commander Thomas P. Stafford and Soviet Commander Aleksei Leonov engaged in the famous “handshake in space” – the symbol both countries were seeking.   Many historians credit this mission as the beginning to the end of the Cold War between the two nations.


Joining Commander Stafford onboard the Apollo were astronauts Deke Slayton and Vance Brand.  The Commander for the Russian Soyuz mission was Aleksei Leonov, the first man to walk in space.   Valeria Kubasov served as the Flight Engineer, his second mission into space.   During preparations for the epic mission, both groups studied each other’s language and traveled to both countries to learn more about each other including trips to Disneyland in America and Star City in Russia.  Commanders Stafford and Leonov have remained good friends since the historic mission.


General Thomas P. Stafford was born and raised in Weatherford, Oklahoma.   He was selected by NASA in 1962 to participate in Projects Gemini and Apollo and was named Commander of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project mission.   He was later nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in this mission and was presented with the Russian Medal “For merit in Space Exploration” for outstanding contribution for the development of international cooperation in manned space flight.   He also received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the Congressional Space Medal of Honor and the NASA Distinguished Service Medal.


The Stafford Air and Space Museum will host the evening’s celebration on Monday, June 8th to pay tribute to this monumental spaceflight and the last of the Apollo missions.   The exclusive event is sold out.


The Stafford Air & Space Museum houses one of the finest collections of aviation and space flight exhibits in the Central United States including the Apollo 10 spacesuit worn by General Stafford on his historic mission to the Moon in 1969.  The museum is located at 3000 Logan Rd. at I-40 & Exit 84 in Weatherford, OK, 73096.





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Stafford Air and Space Museum Welcomes ASAP Energy, Inc. as New Corporate Sponsor


Weatherford, OK – The Stafford Air and Space Museum in Weatherford, Oklahoma has added another corporate sponsor to its growing list of supporters.

ASAP Energy, Inc. joins Fast Lane Stores, Lucille’s Roadhouse and Holiday Inn Express to the expanding list of new Corporate Sponsors.   According to Brandi Rizzi, the museum’s marketing coordinator, “As a Platinum Corporate Sponsor, ASAP is also showing support for the entire Weatherford community in helping us get the word out to tourists on Interstate 40 and Route 66 that Weatherford and the Stafford Museum is a destination they won’t want to miss.”

Weatherford’s hometown hero General Thomas P. Stafford along with highlights of the museum will be featured on new electronic motion billboards for Lucille’s Roadhouse located on Interstate 40.   Lucille’s Roadhouse will also feature the museum in its newly created menus.

The Stafford Air and Space Museum houses one of the finest collections of aviation and space flight exhibits in the Central United States including the Apollo 10 spacesuit worn by General Stafford on his historic mission to the Moon in 1969.

The museum is located at 3000 Logan Road at I-40 & Exit 84 in Weatherford, OK, 73096.

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Stafford Museum Awarded Google Grant


Stafford Air and Space Museum announced that it has received a $10,000 grant from Google Ad Grants.   This generous in-kind grant will give the museum added exposure on the popular Google search engine.  The museum can use the funds towards search engine marketing using the popular Google Adwords platform.  The ads can be targeted to certain search terms and also to specific geographic areas to make the best use of the funds.

The grant comes at a good time as the month of April kicks off the busy tourist season for the Stafford Air and Space Museum.   Located along the nation’s historic Route 66, each year the museum receives thousands of visitors whose vacation plans include a road trip along the famous highway.   It’s also a popular destination for school groups across the state of Oklahoma for their annual field trips at the museum.   This Google Grant comes along at the perfect time to help alert potential visitors, both children and adults, to log on to the museum’s website and learn about all the exciting programs that will be offered in the coming months.

The Stafford Air and Space Museum houses one of the finest collections of aviation and space flight exhibits in the Central United States including the Apollo 10 spacesuit worn by General Stafford on his historic mission to the Moon in 1969.

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