Tom Stafford is a renowned test pilot and astronaut, but he wasn't always famous. Tom started life as a small-town Oklahoma kid. His mother came to Oklahoma in a covered wagon and lived to see her only child fly to the moon. His father was a dentist who taught his son to appreciate what he had by working hard for it. Tom found a love for heights at age 4, when he climbed his first windmill and was certain he was on top of the world. Through a lot of hard work and natural abilities, Tom would make his way to the top 10% at the U.S. Naval Academy, become a 3-star General in the U.S. Air Force, and be known as the first astronaut to become a General and the first General to fly in space. General Stafford has worked for NASA, the Pentagon, and Area 51, and is responsible for Stealth Technology as we know it today. He and his best friend, Alexei Leonov (Russian Cosmonaut), were the beginning of the end of the Cold War.

To read more inside stories about the life of Tom Stafford, you can purchase his book, "We Have Capture," in our gift shop. Click here to order! We will process your order over the phone and mail it to you right from the museum. 


Full-scale replica of the Apollo 11 Lunar Module featuring Buzz Aldrin & Neil Armstrong.


Fantastic Museum of Human Accomplishment!

"As a space buff from the time I was a kid, this place is second only to visiting Canaveral in Florida. We only had about 1/2-hour to breeze through before closing. I could have used half-a-day. Excellent exhibits, model work, stories preserved in placards, actual hardware and info about Gen. Stafford himself kept me captivated. If the subject interests you, make sure you allow the TIME to see everything!"

June 2021 TripAdvisor Member Review
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