The death of one of the most iconic Americans and astronauts has been heralded in a number of well composed obituaries and articles; the attached Washington Post piece is excellent. All of the pieces about Armstrong’s life go into great detail chronicling his life and his NASA space flights, particularly his command of Apollo 11 to/from the moon. He was a former Navy pilot and Korean War combat veteran and test pilot who became hooked on flying at the age of 12 when he flew in a Ford Tri Motor with his grandfather.
The stories of LT USN JR. Armstrong’s missions over Korea and his NASA test pilot flying are told by his contemporaries with awe. Not only was he an exceptional stick and rudder guy, but his understanding of aerodynamics added to his observations in the evaluation of the NASA aircraft.
He had the “Right Stuff” and was handpicked to be the first man to step on the lunar surface for a variety of reasons, one of which was his character. He was a hesitant hero who shunned the limelight and always believed he was just doing his job and serving his nation proudly. He remained a strong advocate of aviation and exploration throughout his life and never lost his boyhood wonder of these pursuits. If he were alive today he would ask that we follow his lead and be willing to explore and push the limits, and to selflessly serve a cause greater than ourselves.
The next time you are out on clear night and can see the moon, look up and imagine what it must have been like to have walked on the moon and thank Neil Armstrong for being the lead man in one of the greatest aviation achievements.Share this article: