WEATHERFORD - The 50th Anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 Moon Landing will take place this July. Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first individuals to set foot on the moon on July 20, 1969 forever leaving their mark on spaceflight history.
The Stafford Air and Space Museum is excited to announce that two very important pieces that flew on this monumental mission are now on display – a swatch of wing fabric and a fragment of the propeller from the actual Wright Flyer that Neil Armstrong carried with him to the moon.
A statement from Armstrong’s biography states, "He is most clear about, and most proud of, the pieces of the historic Wright Flyer that he took to the Moon. Under a special arrangement, he took in his LM (Lunar Module) personal preference kit, a piece of wood from the Wright brothers' 1903 airplane's left propeller and a piece of muslin fabric (8 x 13 inches) from its upper left wing."
To have these incredible artifacts in the Stafford museum collection is a major acquisition. These are extremely rare and important pieces of aerospace history. Pieces from the first powered aircraft to successfully fly in 1903, then carried to the moon by the first man to walk on the lunar surface in 1969, the “Holy Grail” of aerospace artifacts.
The early aviation gallery in the museum contains a full-scale replica of the Wright Flyer, and these new artifacts are distinctly displayed in a unique antique safe next to the aircraft. The museum continues to gain national prominence through its growing collection, and is currently adding a 20,000 sq. foot expansion.
The expansion will include an F-117 Nighthawk, a full-scale Lunar Module, and many more new and exciting exhibits. The museum has worked closely with Smithsonian Institution, NASA, and the U.S. Air Force Museum to assemble one of the finest collections of aerospace artifacts in the central United States.
In celebration of the Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Moon Landing, the Stafford Air and Space Museum has partnered with the Tulsa Air and Space Museum and the Oklahoma History Center for the 2019 Aviation and Space Trail.
Individuals can pick up passports at any of the three participating museums beginning July 1st, and once the passport is filled after visiting all three museums, they will be entered for a chance to win a free membership to the museum of their choice.
The Aviation and Space Trail starts July 1st and concludes on August 19th, National Aviation Day.
For more information about the passport program, please call the museum at 580-772-5871 or like Stafford Air and Space Museum on Facebook to follow the event page.