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INFORMING AND EDUCATING THE PUBLIC ON THE

H I S T O R Y

AND HERITAGE OF PETERSON SPACE FORCE BASE

 

The Edward J. Peterson Air and Space Museum is Colorado’s oldest aviation museum. We preserve and portray the rich aviation and space history of Colorado Springs and Peterson Space Force Base.
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Welcome to the Edward J. Peterson Air and Space Museum, Colorado’s oldest aviation museum! We preserve and portray the rich aviation and space history of Colorado Springs and Peterson Space Force Base. From our barnstormer beginnings in the Roaring Twenties, through the daring exploits of our World War II pilots and into the modern space era, our exhibits are sure to capture your attention.

Awarded Certificate of Excellence 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019

This website is sponsored by the Peterson Air & Space Museum Foundation, which is a non-federal entity.

Neither the United States Air Force nor the Department of Defense express or imply endorsement of the Peterson Air & Space Museum Foundation.


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Welcome to the Award Winning Peterson Air and Space Museum, Colorado’s oldest Aviation Museum.

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I would like to personally thank you and your staff for arranging a tour of the Peterson Air and Space Museum for the senior leadership of the Marine Corps Judge Advocate community. We were impressed with both your facilities and the tours that we received. Thank you again for your efforts. They truly enhanced our conference. Brig Gen James Walker

U.S. Marine Corps

Our family is very into the annual roadtrips. This time we’ve dedicated a whole summer to driving all the way from New York to the West Coast, visiting numerous different museums along the way, including this one.” Lt Gen Frank Klotz (ret)

Ass’t Vice Chief of Staff, USAF

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150 E. Ent Avenue Peterson SFB CO 80914-1303 staff@petemuseum.org

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FIGHTER FRIDAY! On August 12th, 1972, Lieutenant Colonel Wendell Shawler became the first U.S. Air Force pilot to fly the F-15 "Eagle" fighter.

A 1956 graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School, Colonel Shawler flew many of the early jet fighters from the F-80 through the F-104. He was the first director of the F-15 Joint Test Force. After retirement from the USAF, he was Chief Test Pilot for Fairchild Republic Company. conducting flight tests on the A-10 and the T-46. He flew the F-94 in the Korean War and the O-1 in Vietnam with 296 missions and 580 combat hours.This 1987 ad highlights the reliability of the McDonnell Douglas F-15 "Eagle".
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FIGHTER FRIDAY!  On August 12th, 1972, Lieutenant Colonel Wendell Shawler became the first U.S. Air Force pilot to fly the F-15 Eagle fighter.

A 1956 graduate of the USAF Test Pilot School, Colonel Shawler flew many of the early jet fighters from the F-80 through the F-104. He was the first director of the F-15 Joint Test Force.  After retirement from the USAF, he was Chief Test Pilot for Fairchild Republic Company. conducting flight tests on the A-10 and the T-46. He flew the F-94 in the Korean War and the O-1 in Vietnam with 296 missions and 580 combat hours.

THROWBACK THURSDAY! On August 15th, 1958, the first successful Semi-Automatic Ground Environment control of a BOMARC interceptor missile resulted in a direct hit on a QB-17 drone at 78 miles range and 30,000 feet altitude.The Boeing CIM-10 BOMARC ("BO" for Boeing and "MARC" for Michigan Aeronautical Research Center), was a surface-launched interceptor missile designed to destroy enemy aircraft. Propelled at launch by a rocket booster until it reached enough speed for its wing-mounted ramjet engines to operate, it was guided by ground radar signals to the vicinity of its target where it came under control of an internal target seeker. Testing of prototypes began in 1952, and the A series was declared operational in 1960.

The improved B series became operational in 1961. It had more powerful ramjet engines and its solid-propellant booster permitted the almost instant launch of a missile on alert. It could also be armed with a nuclear warhead capable of destroying formations of aircraft with one missile. In 1969 BOMARC Bs were operational at six USAF sites in the United States and two Canadian Armed Forces sites in Canada.

BOMARC As were phased out by the mid-1960s, but beginning in 1962, some were modified and flown as supersonic, high altitude target drones. Complete phase-out of the BOMARC's air defense mission was completed in October 1972.

The museum’s BOMARC A, serial number 59-2051, was used by the 6th Air Defense Missile Squadron at Suffolk County Air Force Base, New York from 1961 to 1964.
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THROWBACK THURSDAY!  On August 15th, 1958, the first successful Semi-Automatic Ground Environment control of a BOMARC interceptor missile resulted in a direct hit on a QB-17 drone at 78 miles range and 30,000 feet altitude.
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