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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

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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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Our Photo Gallery contains images of our exhibits and some of the events over the years.

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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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Started as a one-time event in 1959 to foster goodwill and holiday cheer with the Greenlandic communities surrounding Thule Air Base (later renamed to Pituffik Space Base), Operation Julemand has been an ongoing tradition for over 60 years! ... See MoreSee Less

Started as a one-time event in 1959 to foster goodwill and holiday cheer with the Greenlandic communities surrounding Thule Air Base (later renamed to Pituffik Space Base), Operation Julemand has been an ongoing tradition for over 60 years!Image attachmentImage attachment+2Image attachment

πŸ›°πŸ›°πŸ›° Space is the Place Tuesday! πŸš€πŸš€πŸš€HERITAGE β€’ πŸš€βœ¨ Remembering U.S. Navy Captain Robert Truax: A Rocketry Visionary πŸŒŒπŸ›°οΈ

Today, we pay homage to Captain Robert Truax, a pioneer in rocket development whose contributions shaped the course of space exploration. 🌠 From his work on the Skyhook balloon project during WWII to his innovative pressure-fed rocket engines, Truax's legacy echoes through the cosmos.

πŸ” Beyond the pages of history, Truax's dream of democratizing space became reality with the X-3 Volksrocketβ€”a symbol of his commitment to making space accessible to all. πŸŒπŸ’«

As we marvel at the stars, let's honor Captain Robert Truax for propelling us toward the future of space exploration.

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MISSILE MONDAY! On December 4th, 1957, the U.S. Air Force announced that BOMARC interceptor missile sites would be built at Dow AFB, Maine, Otis AFB, Massachusetts, Suffolk AFB, New York, Langley AFB, Virginia and McGuire AFB, New Jersey.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 data links 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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MISSILE MONDAY!  On December 4th, 1957, the U.S. Air Force announced that BOMARC interceptor missile sites would be built at Dow AFB, Maine, Otis AFB, Massachusetts, Suffolk AFB, New York, Langley AFB, Virginia and McGuire AFB, New Jersey.

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Worked on Air Force ANFSQ-7 computer that controlled the tracking and launching for these. Never got to see one in person and that was a big disappointment. Beautiful bird though.

My aviation maintenance school was located in North Bay Ontario at the former BOMARC base north of town.

When I was in Tech School for Minuteman III @ Chanute TTC, there was a Canadien Class of students there for the BOMARC Jan-Jun 1970. RACO AFB, MI had BOMARC.

As a bit of trivia, the former Ground-Air Transmitter (GAT) data-link site for the Suffolk County AFB BOMARC Missile base is now the Riverhead Long-Range Radar Site. The Riverhead LRRS was the JSS replacement for Montauk AFS.

The BOMARC A-model missile sites numbered five. You omitted the one at Langley AFB, Virginia. It was IM-99A Base No. 5. McGuire AFB was No. 1. Suffolk County AFB was No. 2. Otis AFB was No. 3. Dow AFB was No. 4.

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