LT. THOMAS P. STAFFORD
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 Congressional Space Medal of Honor, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, and the Oklahoma Aviator of the Century Award.
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 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.