Apollo Astronauts Assemble for 50th Anniversary Dinner at Cradle of Aviation Museum


Garden City, NY- May 25, 2019 – In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo program and historic moon landing, Apollo Astronauts (specifically the Lunar Module Pilots) and Flight Directors are joining together on June 6th to celebrate at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, N.Y., home of the Lunar Module and Grumman Engineers who built it. Astronauts scheduled to appear include Walt Cunningham (Lunar Module Pilot, Apollo 7), Rusty Schweickart (Lunar Module Pilot, Apollo 9), Fred Haise (Lunar Module Pilot, Apollo 13). Charlie Duke (Lunar Module Pilot, Apollo 16), Harrison Schmitt (Lunar Module Pilot, Apollo 17) and Apollo Flight Directors, Gerry Griffin and Milt Windler. Proceeds for this star-studded dinner event (starting 6:00pm) will support the museum’s education and preservation programs. A space memorabilia auction will also be held at this once in a lifetime experience. Tickets ($275) are available to the public and can be purchased online at www.cradleofaviaton.org or by calling Reservations at 516-572-4066.  A press conference will be held at 11:00AM in the museum lobby, followed by a Grumman Workers Reunion at 2:00pm and an Anniversary Dinner at 5:30pm. Press are also invited to arrive at museum at 9:00 AM for a private screening of Apollo 11: First Steps Edition in IMAX Format in our immersive Dome Theater. 

We invite you to join us on June 6th to interview the Astronaut and capture this historic event Visit our online press kit at www.cradleofaviationpr.org for Apollo at 50 Events, story ideas for consideration, and information about our unique Apollo exhibits and artifacts.

9:00 AM- APOLLO 11 IMAX SCREENING – Experience the critically acclaimed film in our immersive dome theater and stay to interview Apollo Astronauts.

11:00 AM – APOLLO ASTRONAUT PRESS CONFERENCE Apollo 7 Lunar Module Pilot, Walt Cunningham, Apollo 9 Lunar Module Pilot, Rusty Schweickart, Apollo 13 Lunar Module Pilot, Fred Haise, Apollo 16 Lunar Pilot, Charlie Duke, and Apollo Flight Directors Gerry Griffin and Milt Windler will be available for questions and interviews. All press welcome.

1:00 PM – GRUMMAN WORKERS REUNION Former Grumman workers will join together to meet with the invited Apollo Astronauts & Flight Directors to reminisce about the missions share stories and catch up. All press welcome.

5:30 PM – APOLLO 50th ANNIVERSARY DINNER Apollo Astronaut Tribute, Space Memorabilia Auction. A once in a lifetime experience to acknowledge and reflect on the greatest human and technological achievement of our time.  All press welcome. $275 per person

Sponsors for the Apollo Events include Northrop Grumman, ASME, (The American Society of Mechanical Engineers),  Gardiner Foundation, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Jet Blue Airways, PSEG Long Island, Newsday, Meryll Lynch – Reidy Marano Group, AppDynamics, Terminal One – JFK, Lufthansa, Air France, Japan Airlines, Korean Airlines,

The Cradle of Aviation has special meaning to these astronauts. Not only is it home to the world’s most extensive collection of Lunar Modules,(LM-13, LTA-1)  Lunar Module parts and Lunar Module photos and documentation, but it’s also home to the Engineers of Grumman Aerospace Corporation that designed, built and tested the Lunar Modules between 1961-1972 that successfully landed 12 men on the moon between 1969-1972. In all, six Lunar Modules landed on the moon. Three remaining Lunar Modules that did not go to the moon are prominently housed at Smithsonian’s Air & Space Museum in Washington, D.C, the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, and the Cradle of Aviation Museum.

Astronaut/Directors Bios & Missions
Walt Cunningham Gala

The Cradle of Aviation Museum and Education Center is home to over 75 planes and spacecraft representing over 100 years of aviation history and Long Island’s only Giant Screen Dome Theater.  Currently, the museum is celebrating  “Countdown to Apollo at 50” sponsored by the Robert D.L. Gardiner Foundation, showcasing Long Island and Grumman’s significant role in the Apollo program. The Museum was recently recognized and listed on New York State’s National Register of Historic Places as a significant part of American history. The museum is located on Museum Row, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., in Garden City.  For more information call (516) 572-4111 or visit www.cradleofaviation.org. ###

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