HomeNewsArticle Display

Air Force space legend visits the Pentagon

Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Stafford, retired NASA astronaut, speaks to an audience of Airmen, coalition partners and industry leaders at the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., Jan. 29, 2019. Stafford was the commander of Apollo 10, the second manned mission to orbit the Moon and the first to fly a Lunar Module in lunar orbit, descending to the altitude of nine miles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne Clark)

Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Stafford, retired NASA astronaut, speaks to an audience of Airmen, coalition partners and industry leaders at the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., Jan. 29, 2019. Stafford was the commander of Apollo 10, the second manned mission to orbit the Moon and the first to fly a Lunar Module in lunar orbit, descending to the altitude of nine miles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne Clark)

Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Stafford, retired NASA astronaut, speaks to an audience of Airmen, coalition partners and industry leaders at the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., Jan. 29, 2019. Stafford was the commander of Apollo 10, the second manned mission to orbit the Moon and the first to fly a Lunar Module in lunar orbit, descending to the altitude of nine miles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne Clark)

Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Stafford, retired NASA astronaut, speaks to an audience of Airmen, coalition partners and industry leaders at the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., Jan. 29, 2019. Stafford was the commander of Apollo 10, the second manned mission to orbit the Moon and the first to fly a Lunar Module in lunar orbit, descending to the altitude of nine miles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne Clark)

Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Stafford, retired NASA astronaut, speaks to an audience of Airmen, coalition partners and industry leaders at the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., Jan. 29, 2019. Stafford was the commander of Apollo 10, the second manned mission to orbit the Moon and the first to fly a Lunar Module in lunar orbit, descending to the altitude of nine miles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne Clark)

Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Stafford, retired NASA astronaut, speaks to an audience of Airmen, coalition partners and industry leaders at the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., Jan. 29, 2019. Stafford was the commander of Apollo 10, the second manned mission to orbit the Moon and the first to fly a Lunar Module in lunar orbit, descending to the altitude of nine miles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne Clark)

Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Stafford, retired NASA astronaut, speaks to an audience of Airmen, coalition partners and industry leaders at the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., Jan. 29, 2019. Stafford was the commander of Apollo 10, the second manned mission to orbit the Moon and the first to fly a Lunar Module in lunar orbit, descending to the altitude of nine miles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne Clark)

Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Stafford, retired NASA astronaut, speaks to an audience of Airmen, coalition partners and industry leaders at the Pentagon, Arlington, Va., Jan. 29, 2019. Stafford was the commander of Apollo 10, the second manned mission to orbit the Moon and the first to fly a Lunar Module in lunar orbit, descending to the altitude of nine miles. (U.S. Air Force photo by Wayne Clark)

Arlington, Va. (AFNS) -- Air Force legend, space pioneer and Guinness Book of World Records record holder, retired Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Stafford held a question and answer session at the Pentagon, Jan. 29.

Stafford spoke before an audience of Airmen, coalition partners and industry leaders about his contributions to both the Air Force and NASA.

In the 1950s, Stafford commissioned in the Air Force, flying the F-86 Sabre prior to becoming a test pilot.

“I’ll never regret my decision to go into the Air Force,” Stafford said. “I’ve always wanted to fly higher and faster…honestly, I wanted to fly anything that I could get my hands on.”

When President John F. Kennedy announced his goal of sending an American to the moon in 1961, Stafford found his calling.

“Now that, I thought, would be higher and faster,” he said.

In 1962, NASA selected him among the second group of astronauts to participate in projects Gemini and Apollo. He was selected to become an astronaut in 1962, and flew aboard Gemini 6A and Gemini 9. In 1969, Stafford was the commander of Apollo 10, the second manned mission to orbit the moon and the first to fly a Lunar Module in lunar orbit, descending to an altitude of nine miles.

In total, NASA flew 10 Gemini missions in 20 months and five Apollo missions in nine months. To date, the retired general holds the world record for the highest reentry of speed of any manned space flight. During Apollo X, he assisted in formulating the sequence of missions leading to the first lunar-landing mission, and demonstrated and implemented the theory of a pilot manually flying the Saturn booster into orbit and the translunar-injection maneuver.

For generations, the contributions of Airmen in space have enabled the nation’s success in the domain. Stafford is still an Air Force and space advocate, and his hopes for the successful future of both are boundless.

“I want this to be the best Air Force in the world, to stay ahead and not have the budget go up and down,” Stafford said. “We need to be able to do things where they don’t take so long in development…there’s too much to be lost.”

Engage

Twitter
The new policy will go into effect beginning with the major, lieutenant colonel and colonel Space Force promotion b… https://t.co/76PQrG202I
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: Giving our #Airmen the ability to opt out of promotion consideration allows for greater flexibility in career management,…
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: - To complete a broadening assignment - To complete advanced education - To complete another assignment of significant va…
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: #Airmen, today, officers holding the rank of captain, major or lieutenant colonel are eligible to apply for exclusion fro…
Twitter
RT @NORADCommand: #NORAD added maritime warning to its mission set in 2006 to facilitate a shared awareness of the activities in maritime a…
Twitter
When TSgt Goad’s wife sought treatment for PTSD, he assumed broader shoulders as a husband and a father, grew into… https://t.co/3ViThx6mp5
Twitter
Through iHub, users can submit and collaborate their innovation ideas with action officers, view the status and sta… https://t.co/lxJLqSCNBH
Twitter
“The team did an outstanding job effecting this event both in planning and execution,” said Lt. Col. Matt Guasco. “… https://t.co/ZfEJrSAnae
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: Acting SecAF Roth visited @RobinsAFB_GA to see how the base supports warfighters around the world. From aircraft depot m…
Twitter
"We have to make sure we are task organized at home station and capable of projecting our forces forward if the fla… https://t.co/9Wrmrtdnj0
Twitter
On this day 72 years, ago Soviet forces lifted the blockade, which shut off food, coal and medicine to two million… https://t.co/sxLSAJ5q6e
Twitter
Ellison Onizuka, an Air Force test pilot who later became an astronaut, flew aboard 1985's Space Shuttle Discovery’… https://t.co/xE5xcPsSKF
Twitter
RT @grandslamwing: #ICYMI Members from the 816th EAS and 379th ELRS certified training on the ABFDS, which allows the mission to continue f…
Twitter
“The #AirForce is really trying to look beyond traditional technologies and vendors in how we are satisfying our ba… https://t.co/Lt2dIO1zoi
Twitter
RT @AirNatlGuard: Sentry Savannah brings together pilots and Airmen from across the nation for a unique fighter integration training experi…
Twitter
“This Pave Hawk represents the hard work and accomplishments of the men and women of the 55th Special Operations Sq… https://t.co/vb5f7qKaUH
Twitter
The @USAFReserve and the @AFThunderbirds recently flew @ForrestGriffin, a former @UFC champion and member of the UF… https://t.co/xgkO2ILOEq
Twitter
RT @USAFCENT: The @386thAEW is using Virtual Reality to create a fully immersive, simulated training experience for our defenders. This f…
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,347,900
Follow Us