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Neil A. Armstrong

 
 
Neil A. Armstrong Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 23, 2018
1. Neil A. Armstrong Marker
Inscription. Neil Armstrong is best known as commander of the three-man team who, in 1969, piloted the first lunar landing module to the Moon’s surface. “One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind” was the phrase Armstrong used to describe the historic Apollo XI Lunar mission.
Armstrong logged over 6,000 hours of flight time in over 200 types of aircraft, including: X-1B, F-100A, X-5, X-15, LLTV, F-101, F-102, F-5D-1, B-47, B-29, P-51, and the Paraglider.
He participated in more than 100 launches of rocket airplane flights. As the NASA project pilot on the X-15, he flew to 207,500 feet and 3,989 mph. He flew the X-15 seven times and was selected as pilot for the Dynasoar experimental aircraft. After seven years as a test pilot he volunteered for the astronaut program (1962-1970).
He was backup command pilot for Gemini 5, Gemini 11, and Apollo 8. He was command pilot of Gemini 8 and the Apollo XI Lunar mission. He was later named Deputy Associate Administrator for the NASA Aeronautics Office of Advanced Research and Technology.
Armstrong was born in Ohio in 1930. He received his BA from Purdue (1955) and MS from the University of Southern California (1970), both in Aeronautical Engineering. He served as professor of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Cincinnati.
Armstrong is the recipient
Neil A. Armstrong Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 23, 2018
2. Neil A. Armstrong Marker
of three Air Medals and the Gold Space Medal. His other honors include: Chanute Award, Kincheloe Award, Collier Trophy, Presidential Medal of Freedom, and the Aerospace Walk of Honor.
Established in 1990 by the Lancaster City Council, the Aerospace Walk of Honor celebrates test pilots who were associated with Edwards AFB. Recognition is awarded for distinguished aviation careers marked by significant and obvious achievements beyond one specific accomplishment.
Aerospace Walk of Honor
 
Erected 1991 by City Of Lancaster CA.
 
Location. 34° 41.85′ N, 118° 8.635′ W. Marker is in Lancaster, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on West Lancaster Boulevard east of Fern Avenue, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 750 West Lancaster Boulevard, Lancaster CA 93534, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Colonel William J. “Pete” Knight (approx. 0.2 miles away); Brig. General Charles E. “Chuck” Yeager (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fred Wallace Haise 
 (approx. ¼ mile away); Lt. Gen. James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle, (USAF Retired) (approx.
Neil Armstrong at Marker Unveiling image. Click for full size.
By Photo courtesy NASA, 1991
3. Neil Armstrong at Marker Unveiling
¼ mile away); Col. Robert L. "Silver Fox" Stephens, USAF 
 (approx. ¼ mile away); Lt. Col. Robert G. "Bob" Ferry, USAF 
 (approx. ¼ mile away); Western Hotel (approx. 0.3 miles away); Tuskegee Airmen (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lancaster.
 
Also see . . .  Aerospace Walk of Honor Map. City Of Lancaster CA web page includes a map of all 100 markers. (Submitted on May 18, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.) 
 
Categories. Air & Space
 
Marker Area image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 23, 2018
4. Marker Area
Neil Armstrong after landing the X-15 image. Click for full size.
By Photo courtesy NASA, 1960
5. Neil Armstrong after landing the X-15
At Edwards Air Force Base, 20 miles northeast of the marker.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 28, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 18, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 52 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 18, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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