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Harry Bennett
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posted 07-07-2007 08:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Harry Bennett   Click Here to Email Harry Bennett     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Is there any way that a civilian such as myself could gain access to tour the U.S. Space & Missile Museum at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station? It's my understanding you can/could go through the museum on the VIP tour, but time is limited.

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posted 07-08-2007 07:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mdmyer   Click Here to Email mdmyer     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If I remember correctly, and I sometimes do, someone asked that question while we were on the tour. I thought the answer was that one day a month, maybe the last Friday of the month, people could drive to the Museums on Patrick.

It might be worth checking in to.

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posted 07-08-2007 11:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mikej   Click Here to Email mikej     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
According to the Air Force Space and Missile Museum page, you can call to arrange a tour (if you have 15 or more people).

The museum is also accessible through KSC's "Then and Now Tour." I took this tour in the summer of 2004; at that time, the stop at the museum was on the order of 20-30 minutes.

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posted 07-08-2007 12:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Just to avoid confusion, is the Air Force Space & Missile Museum the same as the "Patrick AFB Museum?"

If so then yes, the museum can be accessed every day on the KSC Then and Now tour and on that once a month PAFB-led tour.

But if you are referring to a museum on the AFB than I am unaware.

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posted 07-08-2007 03:48 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Harry Bennett   Click Here to Email Harry Bennett     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I trying to remember the musuem's name as I was typing the post had a temporary brain fade!

But yes, I'm referring to the museum -- the Air Force Space & Missile Museum -- located on Patrick AFB.

I had read on here that you can get in via the Then & Now tour, but I'd like to spend more than 30 minutes there.

Another option I heard from a retired friend that lives in Cocoa is they hold a vintage car show there once a year and the museum is open then all day. That's another option that I need to check into.

Thanks for all the help so far!

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posted 07-08-2007 03:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, I can tell you are indeed talking about the AFS&M museum. However, it is not located on Patrick AFB. It is located on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station adjacent to Delta Launch Complex 17.

Patrick AFB is separate (geographically) from Cape Canaveral and located about 20 miles south of the Cape on the Atlantic Ocean.

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posted 07-08-2007 04:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Patrick AFB's website about the Air Force Space and Missile Museum at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station has the museum's contact information.

Harry, you might do best calling or e-mailing them for more information about gaining access.

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posted 07-08-2007 09:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Harry Bennett   Click Here to Email Harry Bennett     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I sent an email about two weeks ago but never got a response.

I have to go to Titusville this week on business and may stop and see if I can get a hold of a public information officer. I hate talking on the phone, that's why I hired a secretary...

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posted 07-09-2007 05:23 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for GACspaceguy   Click Here to Email GACspaceguy     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I have taken the Then and Now tour a number of time just to be able to see the museum. I agree the 20-30 minutes they give you is just not enough. There was one time when I was there that I had a conversation with one of the volunteers (Docents). That person said they were always looking for more volunteers for the museum. You may want to inquire about volunteering and that would get you plenty of time there. It could be a win win (apart from having to drive across Florida to get there) you get to spend time at the museum and they get someone with interest and knowledge of restorations. With the state of the corrosion on some of the vehicles they could use some TLC.

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posted 07-09-2007 11:22 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron   Click Here to Email albatron     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
For many years Patrick AFB did have a separate museum. It faced A1A. I am not quite sure but I believe they closed that.

I was at Patrick a couple of months ago and that same building is now a functional aspect of PAFB.

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posted 07-09-2007 06:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Harry Bennett   Click Here to Email Harry Bennett     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by GACspaceguy:
You may want to inquire about volunteering and that would get you plenty of time there.
That is a thought. In fact I'm gonna shoot them an email and find out more.

Thanks for pointing out something I overlooked.

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posted 07-09-2007 08:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ken Havekotte   Click Here to Email Ken Havekotte     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by albatron@aol.com:
For many years Patrick AFB did have a seperate Museum.
Just for the record, there never was a separate museum at Patrick AFB. I think what you're referring to is Patrick's Technical Laboratory located alongside A1A across from the base NCO Club. Displayed outside in front of the tech lab for decades, but not longer, was an assortment of actual missile and rocket vehicles such as the Bomarc, Polaris, Pershing, Minuteman, Thor, Titan 1, and the winged Mace and Snark guided missiles. The tech lab itself was never, at anytime, a museum of sorts. The facility is still in use today as data from all Cape firings are evaluated by highly trained military and contractor personnel working in here.

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posted 08-27-2008 03:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Joe Frasketi   Click Here to Email Joe Frasketi     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Looking at the websites linked in these earlier entries I don't see this link for the Air Force Space and Missile Museum.

Could this be a new website?

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posted 09-04-2008 12:04 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceCat     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Last I inquired, it was not possible for the public to visit this museum independently by driving in the South Gate - had to be done by bus tour through the main KSC Visitor Center.

I'm 100 miles downrange; perhaps someone in the area can clue us in?

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posted 07-07-2009 08:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KenDavis   Click Here to Email KenDavis     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I am going on holiday to Florida in a couple weeks with my family and will obviously be visiting KSC, but I also wanted to visit the Air Force Space & Missile Museum.

I visited the States a couple of times back in the mid-90s and remembered it was open to the public on Sunday's and you could a special pass to visit, however, I believe this access was removed due to enhanced security after 9/11. Is still the case or is there a way to visit the museum outside of the official KSC tour? (I did this one time but it only stopped there for an hour.)

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posted 07-07-2009 08:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SpaceAholic   Click Here to Email SpaceAholic     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
If you know of anybody in the area who is either Active Duty or Retired military they can escort you onboard and to the facility.

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posted 11-25-2009 11:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for kr4mula   Click Here to Email kr4mula     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Anyone know if this is still the case? I'll be visiting the area and would like to take my family to the museum, but without doing the tour (my kids are too young to sit through it). As an Air Force civilian (elsewhere), I can normally escort people onto a base, but wasn't sure if Cape Canaveral AFS had different rules. I've tried contacting them directly, but haven't had any luck.

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posted 02-12-2010 12:52 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for idrvball   Click Here to Email idrvball     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Ken Havekotte:
Displayed outside in front of the tech lab for decades, but not longer, was an assortment of actual missile and rocket vehicles such as the Bomarc, Polaris, Pershing, Minuteman, Thor, Titan 1, and the winged Mace and Snark guided missiles.
Does anyone know when they got rid of the rockets and missiles that used to be in front of Patrick AFB? I know they were moved to a museum down there. But, I'm wondering how long ago that was.

I just acquired the plaques that went with the rockets and was wondering how old these plaques were.

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posted 08-15-2010 01:05 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for tncmaxq   Click Here to Email tncmaxq     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Whatever happened to that pad 19 white room they used for the Gemini missions? Can you go inside that, or at least get close enough to take a good picture during the bus tour from KSC?

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posted 08-16-2010 08:37 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for AFGAS   Click Here to Email AFGAS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by tncmaxq:
Whatever happened to that pad 19 white room they used for the Gemini missions?
Here are some pictures I took a couple years ago. When I visited last month, little had changed except for some chains to indicate "Do Not Enter." At one point they had a Gemini mockup to refurb and place inside, but so far it is not there.

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