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Neil Armstrong was born on August 5, 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio. Son of Stephen Koenig Armstrong and Viola Louise Engel, family of German origin, his childhood was spent in differentlocations because his father was auditor of the State of Ohio, in this way, Neil Armstrong grew up in Warren, Jefferson, Ravenna, St. Marys and Upper Sandusky, before the family was installed permanently inWapakoneta.
Armstrong developed a great interest in flying at a very early age when his father took him to the National Air Races in Ohio. His interest intensified at age six when he made his firstflight in a Ford Tri-Motor airplane, or a "Tin Goose," as they called informally. Since that time, had a fascination with aviation.
At the age of fifteen, Armstrong began taking flying lessons at anairport north of the town of Wapakoneta, where he performed various jobs in town and at the airport to make money and pay well the lessons in an Aeronca Champion. At the age of 16 years, even beforepassing the driving test, and was a student pilot. He received the license before graduating from Blume High School in Wapakoneta in 1947.
As soon Armstrong graduated from high school received a grantfrom the U.S. Lamarina. Later he enrolled at Purdue University and began his studies in aeronautical engineering. In 1949 the Navy called him to fulfill military duties, he became an aviator and in1950 was sent to Korea laguerra. They flew in 78 combat missions leaving from the portaavionesUSS Essex.
Having gathered enough experience in the Navy, in 1952 Armstrong joined the National AdvisoryCommittee (NACA). His first task was developed at the Lewis Research Center near Cleveland, Ohio. In the next 17 years worked as an engineer, test pilot, astronaut and administrator of the NACA and itssuccessor agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
By mid 1950, Armstrong moved to Edwards Flight Center of NASA in California, where he became a research pilot in many...
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