Neil Armstrong

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Neil Armstrong

“One step for a man, one giant leap for mankind,” said by Neil Armstrong. This is the quote that Mr. Armstrong changed the world with when he took his first step on the moon.
Neil Armstrong was born August 5, 1930, in a small town in Wapakoneta, Ohio (Nasa.gov). To his parents, Stephen and Viola Engel Armstrong, he was the eldest son. In his childhood his family was always moving around because his father was an auditor for the state government. His father had to be in many different countries and he took his family with him. One great thing Neil’s father did to get him interested in aerospace was taking him to Cleveland National Air Races when he was younger. Due to the air races Neil loved any kind of flying machine, so as a child he always had a book in his possession about aerospace. As he grew older, he worked at the local air port, where he started flying lessons at the age of 15, by his 16th birthday he had already gained his pilots license, before his driver’s license. After getting his pilot’s license, he decided to pursue a degree in Aeronautical Engineering from Purdue University under the Holloway Plan. The Holloway Plan was designed for people to get their bachelor’s degree before committing to three years of naval service. Though, before he got his degree, he was called to serve at Pensacola Naval Air Station in Florida in 1949. At Pensacola he earned his wings at the age of 20, making him the youngest pilot in his sqaudron. After he flew 78 combat missions of Korea, earned three medals, one of them was the Korean Service Medal, he was sent home before the conclusion of the war and finished his bachelor’s degree in 1955 (Millis).

Through the years, Neil accomplished many different pilot trainings and was always top of his class. Being the top of his class earned him the chance in 1957, where he was chosen for the Man In Space Sooness (MISS) progam. After this, he was chosen in 1963 to be the first American citizen to...
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