Neil Armstrong has been involved in flight all his life. He learned to fly as a young boy, flew from an aircraft carrier in the Navy, and spent 17 years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration as an engineer, test pilot, astronaut and administrator. As a test pilot at NASA's Flight Research Center at Edwards, California, he was a project pilot on many pioneering high speed aircraft, including the well known 4000 mph X- I S. He has been the holder of 1 2 world records in aircraft and spacecraft.

He transferred to astronaut status in 1 962. He was the commander of the Gemini 8 flight in 1966 when he performed the first successful docking of two vehicles in space. As spacecraft commander for Apollo I 1, he, with colleagues Mike Collins and Buzz Aldrin, completed the first landing mission to the moon.

During the years 1971-1979, he was Professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati. He is currently the Chairman of AIL Systems, Inc., an electronics manufacturer.



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