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
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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