2017 GALA

Apollo 13 astronauts Jim Lovell and Fred Haise
headlined the Frontiers of Flight Museum 2017 Gala


The 2017 Gala on May 18 was all about Exploration Space – from the remarkable Apollo 13 astronauts, Jim Lovell and Fred Haise, who were honored with the Museum’s George E. Haddaway Award, to nine-year-old Sofia Lee, representing the 18,000 students who participate in the Museum’s STEM education programs.

During the conversation with Jim Lovell and Fred Haise about the Apollo 13 mission that was classified as a “successful failure” when the astronauts were brought home safely against many odds,

Fred Haise said, “I thought it would just be an abort. My emotion initially was just sick to my stomach with disappointment. We’d lost the landing.”

The Apollo 13 story and the continued interest in space exploration was evidenced by the many age groups in attendance. Walt Cunningham, Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo VII, and  Mary Ellen Weber, a NASA veteran of the Space Shuttle missions Discovery and Atlantis, are both strong supporters of the Museum’s STEM education program. Even the children today consider the astronauts American heroes. Sofia Lee was so eager to meet her heroes that she raised money for her ticket to the Gala through a lemonade stand. Sofia, who aspires to be an astronaut for her generation, met her heroes and had the honor of presenting them with the Haddaway Award.

Sofia Lee said, “I want to be an astronaut one day. I want to see things from a new perspective, to see them differently than I do from Earth.”

Capt. Lovell, who piloted or commanded four NASA missions – Gemini 7, Gemini 12, Apollo 8, and Apollo 13 – and Fred Haise, Lunar Module Pilot of Apollo 13, became the 43rd and 44th recipients of the Museum’s George E. Haddaway Award, joining the ranks of John Glenn, Walt Cunningham, and Chuck Yeager.


Support our STEM education program and we’ll take you to visit the moon and planets in our solar system, explore the Milky Way galaxy, and learn about the universe and space travel!

Sponsors of the 2017 Gala  support our new Exploration Space Initiative, a multi-faceted expansion of our acclaimed STEM educational programming.

Exploration Space
was launched October 2016 with the debut of our 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 Gallery which will be anchored by the Apollo VII Command Module and supported by an educational video series focusing on past, present, and future space exploration.


Dr. & Mrs. (Millie) Kenneth H. Cooper
Dr. Cooper is a former Haddaway Award Recipient.


Exploration Space
Mrs. Richard W. Cree
Presenting Sponsor

Apollo 13
Gena & Dan Hamilton

Gemini 12



Martha and David Norton/
Shackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton, LLP

The Alinda Hill Wikert Foundation

Gemini 7

Air-O Specialists of Texas, Inc./
dgseals.com Inc.

American Airlines

Dr. & Mrs. Kenneth H. Cooper


DFW International Airport

D Magazine

Dallas Love Field


Events by Bill

Suzy Fulton/
Scott Davis

Herbert Minerals, Ltd./
PlaneSmart! Aviation

Pete and Nancy Huff/
Dr. and Mrs. David Webb, Jr.

Cheryl Sutterfield-Jones and Ron Jones

Chris Jones – Purewater Baths

Elsa Manzanares/
Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP

Stewart & Noelle Mercer

Tom Rhodes/
The Rhodes Group

Signature Flight Support

 Southwest Airlines

University of Texas at Dallas Special Collections


Virgin America

Cindy and Tony Weber

James A. White

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