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The Frontiers of Flight Museum will host the nation’s first official 50th anniversary celebration of the Apollo missions starting with Apollo VII on Oct. 20. The legendary three-man crew included (from left) , Command Module Pilot Donn F. Eisele. Walter M. Schirra, Jr. and Lunar Module Pilot Col. Walter Cunningham.

Museum Celebrates Apollo VII Mission in Nation’s First Official Project Apollo Commemoration

Fifty years ago on Oct. 11, 1968, the world witnessed the first manned Apollo flight go into orbit and around our planet 163 times.  This year on Oct. 20, 2018, the Frontiers of Flight Museums hosts the nation’s first official celebration of the Apollo missions, which begins with Apollo VII in 2018 and culminates with Apollo XVII in the fall of 2019.

The Frontiers of Flight Museum, home of the Apollo VII spacecraft, will commemorate this special 50th anniversary of the Apollo VII mission with an astronaut star-studded gala fundraiser honoring Lunar Module Pilot Col. Walter Cunningham. The gala fundraiser benefits the Museum and will start with a VIP reception for sponsors at 6:30 p.m. Visit:

Cunningham was part of the legendary three-man Apollo VII crew that also included Commander Walter M. Schirra, Jr. and Command Module Pilot Donn F. Eisele.  Together they paved the way for American’s Moon landing less than a year later.

Honorary Chair The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison, a co-founder of the Museum, is joined by Event Chairs Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Second Lady Jan Patrick and many Apollo mission astronauts to celebrate the occasion. 

Radio Talk Show Host Mark Davis will blast off the evening as the 2018 Gala emcee, ensuring that all have a fun-filled experience.

The Frontiers of Flight Museum has the distinct honor of hosting the first official celebration of the Apollo VII mission’s 50th Anniversary.  This year’s high-flying event will kick off with a VIP reception followed by a dinner and program that recognizes the accomplishments of this iconic NASA mission and its crew. Guests who support the event at the $25,000 level and above will enjoy a particularly memorable evening by having a NASA astronaut seated at their table during the dinner program. 

Sponsorship of the 2018 Gala will benefit the Museum’s acclaimed STEM educational programming reaching over 30,000 students annually, and the new Space Flight Gallery, anchored by the Apollo VII spacecraft, which offers an immersive and engaging learning experience. The exhibit features new interactive learning stations and displays which highlights the Apollo VII Command Module. The display is 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 a replica of 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 2018 Gala include:  

Astronaut - $25,000


Gena and Dan Hamilton


The Alinda Hill Wikert Foundation

Ground Crew - $10,000

Back to Space

City of Dallas Aviation Department

Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP

PPG Aerospace

Support Crew - $5,000

Akerman LLP

Alaska Airlines

Be An Angel


Suzy Fulton/Scott Davis

Gulfstream Aerospace

Peter C. Huff/Dr. David R. Webb, Jr.

Kathryn H. Jordan

Carol and Michael Maxwell

Meacham International Airport

David & Martha Norton

Southwest Airlines

Cheryl Sutterfield-Jones and Ron Jones

Texas Instruments

University of Texas at Dallas

Cindy & Tony Weber Foundation

Wells Fargo

James and Wendy White/Planesmart! Aviation

Five sponsorship levels are available. For sponsorship information contact: Luis Gonzalez to reserve your sponsorship at (214) 699-4621 or via at email Individual patron tickets are $250 based on availability. For more information visit:


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