There's not a ton to see in Weatherford, OK, so it never occurred to me to look at what was there. I saw the Stafford Air & Space Museum on a list of "Things to Do in Oklahoma" list--and also noted that it had excellent ratings, and is a Smithsonian affiliate. My teenaged son is very interested in aerospace engineering, so we drove the 90 minutes from our home to see it today. Well, it was way better than either of us expected. I have been to very sizable museums before that have a history of aviation section (such as the Henry Ford Museum in Detroit), but this was the best single collection I have seen. No doubt the Smithsonian is better, but they sure pack a lot of interesting stuff into their 1 acre museum. There are early planes, fighter planes, bombs, and a very large section on space flight, which includes a whole Saturn rocket, a replica lunar lander and space capsule from Apollo missions, Mercury mission items, Space Shuttle information, plus information on foreign space programs, especially Soviet/Russian. There's a wealth of information, and the explanations are clear and with sufficient detail. If you happen to by driving down I-40 in western Oklahoma, this is definitely worth a visit. It took us about three hours to go through all of it--and we didn't even stop long at the education center which has about 15 computers with complex flight simulators for people to try. A hidden gem!
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