THOMAS P. STAFFORD
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.
"World Class Museum"
"This was my second trip to Stafford Air & Space Museum. The collection of NASA items and exhibits is really amazing. You would expect some things from Gen. Stafford's missions, but there was so much more. If you live in Oklahoma or traveling through via I-40, you should plan a stop. They are in the process of expanding the museum, but no real impact on the current exhibits."
— TripAdvisor traveler,