Fifty years ago on Oct. 11, 1968, the world witnessed the first manned Apollo flight go into orbit and around our planet 163 times. This year on Oct. 20, 2018, the Frontiers of Flight Museums hosted the nation’s first official celebration of the Apollo missions, which begins with Apollo VII in 2018 and culminates with Apollo XVII in the fall of 2019.
The Frontiers of Flight Museum, home of the Apollo VII spacecraft, commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Apollo VII mission with an astronaut star-studded gala fundraiser honoring Lunar Module Pilot Col. Walter Cunningham. Cunningham was part of the legendary three-man Apollo VII crew that also included Commander Walter M. Schirra, Jr. and Command Module Pilot Donn F. Eisele. Together they paved the way for American’s Moon landing less than a year later.
You can view photos from the celebration below:
Photos by Maria Eterere