Friday, January 21, 2011

Stafford Air & Space Museum

Looking for a winter activity? I recommend a trip to the Stafford Air & Space Museum in Weatherford, Oklahoma just off Historic Route 66. The Stafford Air & Space Museum is the premier museum of its type in the southwestern area of the United States. The museum has some of the best flight exhibits and space artifacts in the country. The museum has expanded to 40,000 square feet since it was founded in 1981.
The museum mission is to promote the adventurous spirit of flight and space travel, while encouraging science and math excellence. It has an interactive aviation gallery that spans the history of flight, more than 20 historic aircraft, and exhibits displaying the history of rocketry. You can see the giant F-1 Saturn engine down through the Gemini and Mercury space programs, Explorer, Sputnik and other artifacts from the Shuttle program, Hubble telescope and the Mir Space Station. Many more exhibits than I have space to list in this post.
Thomas P. Stafford, Lieutenant General, USAF (RET.) NASA Astronaut (Former) was born in Weatherford, Oklahoma and has been instrumental in obtaining funding and displays for the museum named in his honor.

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