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Apollo 13’s Commander Jim Lovell Named 2017 Haddaway Award Honoree

Everything changed on NASA’s third lunar landing mission, Apollo 13, when an oxygen tank blew up 200,000 miles from Earth.

Join Apollo 13‘s Commander, Jim Lovell, and Lunar Module Pilot, Fred Haise, as they talk about their experience on the mission that became classified as a “successful failure” at the Exploration Space 2017 Gala benefitting the Frontiers of Flight Museum on Thursday, May 18 with the VIP reception for sponsors starting at 6:30 p.m.  Visit:

Dr. and Mrs. (Millie) Kenneth. H. Cooper are at the helm as Honorary Chairs of the Frontiers of Flight Museum Exploration Space 2017 Gala, Dallas’ premier aviation event celebrating accomplishments in aviation and space flight.  The event also supports the Museum’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs, reaching more than 15,000 students each year.

Radio Talk Show Host Mark Davis will blast off the evening as the 2017 Gala emcee, ensuring that all have a fun-filled experience.

This year’s high-flying event will celebrate the historic Apollo 13 mission and honor its intrepid leader, Capt. Jim Lovell.  Lovell, who piloted or commanded four NASA missions – Gemini 7, Gemini 12, Apollo 8, and Apollo 13 – will become the 43rd recipient of the Museum’s George E. Haddaway Award.

The George E. Haddaway Award is presented by the Frontiers of Flight Museum each year to those who have distinguished themselves by their accomplishments in the realm of flight as pilots, aircrew members, corporate or political leadership, engineering, education, or literature.

Previous recipients include Kenneth Cooper, Walt Cunningham, John Glenn, the Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison, H. Ross Perot, Jr., Roger Staubach, and Chuck Yeager.

Sponsorship of the 2017 Gala will benefit the Museum’s new Exploration Space Initiative, a multi-faceted expansion of their acclaimed STEM educational programming.

The Exploration Space Initiative was launched October 2016 with the debut of the new digital planetarium, “SPOC” (Space Portal Odyssey Capsule), which offers an immersive and engaging learning experience for onsite and outreach educational programming.

Plans are underway to create new interactive learning stations and displays in an extensively-upgraded Space Flight Gallery which will be anchored by the Apollo 7 Command Module and supported by an educational video series focusing on past, present, and future space exploration.

The Frontiers of Flight Museum is a learning laboratory using aviation and space flight to encourage and promote student excellence in STEM education.  In addition, the Museum has over 30 aircraft from the Wright Flyer to the one-of-a-kind “Flying Pancake,” the Apollo 7 spacecraft, 11 galleries, and over 35,000 historical artifacts on display. The Living History program features the portrayal of prominent personalities in aviation history who present both on-site and in the community. 

Supporters of the Frontiers of Flight Museum’s Exploration Space 2017 Gala include:  

(Exploration Space Presenting Sponsor $50,000)

Mrs. Richard W. Cree

(Apollo 13 $25,000)

Gena & Dan Hamilton

(Gemini 12 $10,000)


(Gemini 7 $5,000)

Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth H. Cooper


Cheryl Sutterfield-Jones and Ron Jones

Chris Jones – Purewater Baths

David Norton

Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP

Southwest Airlines

University of Texas at Dallas Special Collections


Virgin America

Cindy Weber

Dr. and Mr. James White

The Alinda Hill Wikert Foundation

Air-O Specialists of Texas, Inc. Inc.

Five sponsorship levels are available. For sponsorship information contact:  Zahra Perez at (214) 699-4621; email;  or visit  Individual patron tickets are $250 and, based on availability, may be purchased after May 1. For more information visit:  

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