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ABOUT US

The Peterson Air & Space Museum started in 1982 as the NORAD Visitor Center (North American Aerospace Defense command)—a starting point for visitors who boarded buses to take them from Peterson Air Force Base to the Cheyenne Mountain Operations Center. It was contained in one small building—the original airport passenger terminal for the City of Colorado Springs. By 1996, all of Colorado Springs’ original Municipal Airport buildings were listed on the National Register of Historic Places. That same year, Colorado designated those buildings as a state historic district. Today, the Peterson Museum is located right in the center of that 8.3 acre historic district on Peterson Air Force Base. The original Passenger Terminal, City Hangar and Broadmoor Hangar all have exhibits inside and anchor our award winning airpark.

The Edward J. Peterson Air and Space Museum is one of only 12 United States Air Force Field museums. All of our heritage items are part of the United States Air Force’s Heritage collection. We proudly preserve and display these items for everyone—civilian and military.

MISSION
Acquire, preserve and exhibit the significant history, heritage and traditions that keep alive the stories of our civilian aviation history and our military service men and women for all generations.

VISION
Make Peterson Air and Space Museum the premier small Air Force Field Museum.

 

Aerial view of the Edward J. Peterson Air and Space Museum today
Photo by Harris Photography Services

PETERSON AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM FOUNDATION

BOARD OF DIRECTORS AND OFFICERS

BOARD
CHAIRMAN:
James O’Neal, Jr., Colonel, USAF (Ret)
Senior Relationship Manager, Microsoft FastTrack Center

VICE CHAIRMAN:
Dr. Thomas C. Walker, Colonel, USAF (Ret)
Lockheed Martin Corporation, Colorado Springs Corporate Lead

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD:
Garland Anneler
Retired, Community Bank President, UMB Bank

Shaun Guilfoil, Chief Master Sergeant, USAF (Ret)
AF Warfare Center, Schriever AFB

Michael D. McCoy, Chief Master Sergeant, USAF (Ret)
Senior Project Manager, Information Services, Microsoft Corporation

Vincent Persichetti, Chief Master Sergeant, USAF (Ret)
Director, Cybersecurity Programs, Colorado Springs Chamber & EDC

Catherine J. Steele
Retired, The Aerospace Corporation, Senior Vice President, National Systems Group

OFFICERS
PRESIDENT:
Catherine A. Chilton, Major General, USAF (Ret)
Past Mobilization Assistant to the Commander, Air Force Space Command

VICE PRESIDENT:
Henry D. Baird, Colonel, USAF (Ret)
President, Baird & Associates, LLC

SECRETARY:
Linda Yepez

TREASURER:
Edward B. Long, Senior Master Sergeant, USAF (Ret)

ASSISTANT TREASURER:
Phyllis Howells


What Our
Visitors Are Saying

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

One of our members was shot down over Italy in 1944 on his 33 mission when his P-47 was riddled by Nazi ground fire. Although severely burned in the crash he practiced his escape and evasion training for 21 days and eventually was returned to US lines. He was very moved by the restored P-47 Thunderbolt in your hanger area. Once again, we thank you for the time and effort put into our visit to your very attention-grabbing museum.

Colonel William T. "Tom" Bennett

(b.1935 - d.2018), president Moroccan Reunion Association

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