Exploring the Stafford Air and Space Museum
Harvest Hosts is an incredible RV membership program with a large network of available hosts. So far, 4349+ locations have opened their hearts and their homes and/or businesses to members of the Harvest Hosts RVing community. Through this program, members receive overnight accommodations with no camping fees in peaceful and serene places across North America. In return, members are asked to make a purchase to patronize the small business that hosts them. One of our awesome hosts is Stafford Air and Space Museum in Weatherford, Oklahoma. Here you can learn all about the museum’s longstanding history, its origins within the Harvest Hosts community, and what future visitors can expect to experience.
Stafford Air and Space Museum began in 1969, with a simple display case in the Weatherford Airport terminal. It has since grown to become one of the premier educational attractions in western Oklahoma! The museum has worked closely with the 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.
The Stafford Air & Space Museum is named in honor of famed test pilot and astronaut Lt. General Thomas P. Stafford. Stafford was born in 1930 and raised in Weatherford, OK. His mother came to Oklahoma in a covered wagon and lived to see her only child fly to the moon. In 1962, Nasa selected Stafford in their second group of astronauts, and he later went on to fly four historic space missions. In 2011, Stafford Air and Space Museum was named a Smithsonian Affiliate, bringing in even more visitors and interest.
The Business Today
Today, this museum serves to educate the public on all types of flight, from the earliest flights to more recent space activity. The museum’s newest outdoor display has already become an iconic monument for the region. Situated just outside the museum’s front entrance, one of the most revolutionary aircraft ever built, the Lockheed F-104 “Starfighter,” now points majestically six stories straight up into the sky!
Interior exhibits include displays on the life and career of Thomas P. Stafford, including some of the spacecrafts he took flight on. There is a display exhibiting some of the earliest aviation crafts, as well as a large display of modern planes and jets. The space exploration displays feature exhibits of rocket engines, several spacecrafts, space suits, control consoles, telescopes, and more. This museum is so interesting and educational, and the visitors typically love the learning experience.
Visiting as a Harvest Hosts Member
The museum joined the Harvest Hosts program in 2015, and they have received many visitors and guests since then. Members have raved about their awesome experiences in the museum, which is both child and pet-friendly. Currently, they have two available spaces for RVs of any size, so be sure to call ahead and book your stay.
Stafford Air and Space Museum is truly a gem, tucked away in southwestern Oklahoma. They are located on route 66, so anyone driving this historic highway should be sure to take advantage of this awesome Harvest Hosts location. You’ll be glad you did!
Have you visited the Stafford Air and Space Museum? How did you like it? Please share your experiences below!
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I enjoyed my stay at Stafford, they have an excellent collection and presentation, and their staff was very friendly and informative. I enjoyed getting some nice photos of their outdoor aircraft displays as the sunset. Lucille’s Roadhouse just down the road is an excellent dinner that pays homage to the Route 66 icon that is not too far away.
Hey Nathan! Thanks for submitting the awesome photo, and thanks for the additional information on this host! 🙂