Apollo Reflections: General Thomas Stafford on Gemini & Apollo

Gemini 6, Gemini 9, Apollo 10 and ASTP Astronaut

Now available, the third film in our “Apollo Reflections” series, “Apollo Reflections: The General on Gemini & Apollo” (2019, 45 min., 4K). In this 45 minute documentary, presented in beautiful 4K with fully restored NASA images, General Thomas Stafford describes his influences and inspirations growing up in Weatherford, Oklahoma, the development of the Apollo program, and all four of his NASA missions into space. This film features a sit-down interview with General Stafford in front of his actual Gemini 6 spacecraft as well as clips from a public talk he gave to a hometown crowd in Weatherford, Oklahoma on the 50th anniversary of his Apollo 10 mission.

General Stafford describes in detail all four of his missions, beginning with Gemini 6 – the first rendezvous in space  with Gemini 7. Here is a short clip from the film about Stafford’s Gemini 6 mission – Excerpted from “Apollo Reflections: The General on Gemini & Apollo”.  In this clip general Stafford discusses his first mission – which featured the first rendezvous in space (clip is in HD, 6 1/2 minutes plus credits)

Stafford also discuses his other missions at length including Gemini 9 – a mission intended to dock with an agena target vehicle, aborted when the shroud didn’t open, looking like an “angry alligator,” and included Gene Cernan’s “spacewalk from hell”… (clip is in HD, 8 1/2 minutes plus credits)

He also discusses his Apollo 10 mission, the second mission to orbit the moon and first use of the Lunar Module in lunar orbit (descending down to 9 miles) in the first full test “dress rehearsal”… (clip is in HD, 16 minutes plus credits)

and the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP) – the first international joint mission and docking in space:

All these clips and more stories from General Stafford’s life are included in the full-length 4K version or the film, which can be downloaded at the link below. Download it, put it on a USB, and plug it into your 4K TV for the best experience.

Background: On May 19, 2019, I had the distinct pleasure of sitting down for an interview with the legendary Gen. Tom Stafford, at his name sake museum in Weatherford, OK, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 10.  General Stafford grew up in Weatherford and the museum and local airport carry his name.  The Stafford Air & Space Museum played host to an exclusive gala celebrating the 50th anniversary of Apollo 10 on May 18th.  Through the much appreciated efforts of Museum Director, Max Ary and his staff, arrangements were made for me to interview The General the next morning.

We set up the interview at the base of his actual Gemini 6 spacecraft, an incredible backdrop for our conversation.

General Stafford is among the space pioneer elite, having been selected to NASA as one of the “New Nine” – the second group of astronauts after the Mercury 7.  He graciously sat for the interview for about an hour before his public talk he gave at the local high school, his old alma mater.

I enjoyed Gen. Stafford’s many animated stories, including the UFO sighting shortly after Gemini 6 rendezvoused with Gemini 7 and the story behind the “Beat Army” sign.  His response to the lasting impact of seeing the full Earth from space was sincere and touching. I very much appreciated the opportunity to spend some time with him and I admire his boundless energy. I hope you enjoy his wonderful stories too!

A big thank you to Max Ary and the staff at the Stafford Air & Space Museum for their incredible assistance!  And very special thanks to General Stafford and his family!

Download the full 45 minute film “Apollo Reflections: The General on Gemini & Apollo” in Ultra-High Definition 4K (3GB)

Apollo Reflections: The General on Gemini & Apollo

(2019, 45 min., 4K)

Director: 

Jeremy Theoret

Executive Producers:

Fred Haise

Lawrence McGlynn

Producers:

Doug Forrest

John Garman

Ray Gildea

Kenneth Glaze

Brian may

Andrew Oliva

Michelle McConahy Sheetz

Editor: Andre Ross

Audio-Visual: Dallas Bodin, Prime Visual Media

Music: Moby

Special Thanks:

Andrew James McDermott

Simon Trueb

Andy McCulley

Burke Burnett

Massimo Cutuli

Ron Woods

Silvia Khalsa

Octavian & Maya

Thanks:

Lucy West

Karl Olsen

Martin Lollar

Michael Berquist

Kiran Iyengar

Tony LAw

David Chudwin

Ben Nault

Fred Fischer

Trevor Barker

Jeffrey Qualls

Christopher Dombrowski

Jake McMenemy

Carl Petruzzelli

Gerry Hass

The Apollo Reflections films look back at the memories and imagery of the Apollo era as well as the influences the Apollo Program had on those who were witness to it. Focusing on the personal reflections of Apollo Astronauts and their mission photography, these documentary interviews not only reflect on the past, they also reflect the influences of those missions on people today – and how they can continue to inspire tomorrow.

As the Apollo astronauts reflect on their historic missions, we also experience the wonder of Apollo and space exploration through the stories of people inspired by those missions to see ourselves and our place in the cosmos more clearly.