Southwestern Oklahoma State University

General Thomas P. Stafford

General Thomas P. Stafford is a retired Lieutenant General of the United States Air Force and NASA Astronaut. He was born and raised in Weatherford.

From high school, General Stafford went on to receive his Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1952. In addition to General Stafford has several honorary degrees. Those include a doctorate of science from Oklahoma City University; a doctorate of law from Western State University in Los Angles, California; doctorate of aeronautical engineering from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida; doctorate of communications from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts; and a doctorate of humanities from Oklahoma Christian College in Edmond, Oklahoma.

General Stafford’s hobbies include hunting, soaring, weight lifting and swimming.

General Stafford is a member of several organizations. These include Fellow of the American Astronautical Society, American Institute of Aeronautic and Astronautics, the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, and a member of Explorers Club. Not only is he a member of these elite organizations, but has also been awarded several special honors and is highly decorated in the Air Force. Within that General Stafford has logged 507 hours and 43 minutes in space flight and wears the Air Force Command Pilot Astronaut Wings. He has flown over 110 different types of aircraft and has over 7,100 flying hours.

General Stafford has a great deal of NASA experience. A few of his experiences include being selected the second group of astronauts in 1962 by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to participate in Projects Gemini and Apollo. In 1965, he was the pilot of Gemini IX and performed three different rendezvous missions. In August 1966 to October 1968, he headed the mission planning analysis and software development responsibilities for the astronaut group project for Project Apollo.

In May 1969, General Stafford was commander of Apollo 10, the first flight of the lunar module to the moon. He performed the first rendezvous around the Moon and the entire lunar landing mission except the actual landing.

General Stafford and his wife Linda reside in Oklahoma City.