General Stafford’s 90th Birthday Celebration!



General Tom Stafford, the former astronaut who orbited space and flew with the Russians turns 90 this month.

The Stafford Air and Space Museum located in his hometown of Weatherford is planning a birthday party the evening of Thursday, Sept. 17, his birth date. The 7 p.m. event will feature an online interview with the General.

“Join us for a special member only event featuring a Facetime interview with General Stafford! All attendees will receive an autographed commemorative birthday poster as well!” said the announcement.

The event will take place in the newly renovated Explorers Conference Room, and Executive Director, Max Ary, will provide a behind-the-scenes tour of the new expansion including our newest addition, a full-scale two story replica Lunar Module.
In 1975, Stafford was the commander of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project flight, the first joint U.S.-Soviet space mission. Stafford was a brigadier general at the time of the mission, becoming the first general officer to fly in space, as well as the first member of his Naval Academy class to pin on the first, second, and third stars of a general officer. He made six rendezvous in space and logged 507 hours of space flight. He has flown over 120 different types of fixed wing and rotary aircraft and three different types of spacecraft.

Source: Stafford museum release