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 with an initial campaign goal of $3 million. The Stafford Museum stands not only as a tribute to General Stafford and the many pioneers of aerospace, but also as an institution that has the ability to leave a lasting impact on individuals through the stories and the history of the evolution of aviation and spaceflight.
The museum’s aerospace artifact collection has grown to one of national importance in recent years. The building expansion will allow the needed space for numerous priceless artifacts to be displayed. Examples include NASA’s Fixed-Base Space Shuttle simulator that was used for the primary training of all 135 astronaut crews who flew the Shuttle and a set of actual pieces of the “Wright Flyer,” the world’s first successful flight of a controlled-powered aircraft, that were carried to the moon and back by astronaut Neil Armstrong.
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.
The Stafford Air & Space Museum's expansion project will add over 18,000 square-feet of exhibit space and artifact additions, along with extensive exterior and interior renovations to the existing building. This will bring the footprint of the facility to nearly 60,000 square-feet. The Legacy Campaign will further upgrade the museum with various immersive, interactive, and hi-tech exhibits to bring aerospace history and the museum’s extensive artifact collection to life and to enhance the museum's STEM education programs.
The expansion will increase the available space for events, temporary exhibits, and the museum’s gift shop, as well as a facility to restore important artifacts, such as a Fairchild-Republic A-10 “Warthog” aircraft, and the cockpit of a Boeing B-52 “Stratofortress” currently awaiting preservation and restoration.
Below are images of the current facility along with proposed renderings of the building’s exterior to get a sense of the transformation that the facility will undergo during this project.
Investing in the Museum
The Stafford Air & Space Museum thrives through the generosity of individuals and entities who invest in our mission. This project kicks off the museum’s twenty-fifth anniversary in 2018, with plans to have the shell of the expansion completed in time to host the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 10 mission in May 2019.
Completing this expansion project will be one of the most important achievements in the museum’s history. It is important to do this campaign now, while General Stafford can actively participate in this historic campaign and to enjoy, first-hand, the excitement and impact this museum expansion brings to the public!