On November 18, 1963, Major General Leighton I. Davis, commander of the Air Force Missile Test Center (AFMTC), ordered his director of administrative services to form a committee of officers "for the purpose of providing guidance and assistance in the establishment of an Air Force Space Museum to be located at Cape Canaveral."1 Davis named General Harry Sands the committee's chairman, Major Robert White, who headed the AFMTC's Community Relations Office, was chosen to serve as the project manager for the proposed space museums. Seven years elapsed before the Air Force Space and Missile Museum received its official dedication. The space museum's inventory of missiles, nose cones, capsules, launch equipment, and exhibits were dedicated to preserving teh memory of "the pioneers of rocketry and space whose work and vision raised men's eyes from the Earth to the stars."2
"Missiles as Artifacts: The Creation of the Air Force Space and Missile Museum,"
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