Lucas Statement on the Passing of General Tom Stafford

Mar 18, 2024

Yukon, OK – House Science, Space, and Technology Committee Chairman Frank Lucas released the following statement today after the passing of NASA trailblazer and Weatherford native, General Tom Stafford:

“Oklahoma, the United States, and the entire world mourn the loss of one of mankind’s greatest explorers and trailblazers. General Tom Stafford’s contributions to the early Gemini program, the historic Apollo lunar missions, and the subsequent Apollo-Soyuz partnership shaped space exploration as we know it today. His passing marks the end of an era in space, but his legacy will undoubtedly pave the way for a new era in mankind’s odyssey into the unknown,” said Congressman Frank Lucas. “His pioneering legacy will also live on in the hearts of Oklahomans – especially with the Stafford Air and Space Museum in Weatherford teaching the next generation the power of STEM. Ever since I had a long conversation with General Stafford on a coincidental flight from DC to OKC, he has served as a consistent source of priceless knowledge for me and my office. America will rightfully remember General Stafford as a hero and patriot, but I will always remember him as a friend and proud Oklahoman.”


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