Last Updated: 30 Sep, 2023 | Views: 610
Other Profession(s): Fighter Pilot, Naval Aviator
Famous For: The First Person to Walk on the Moon
Higher Education: Degree in aeronautical engineering
Net Worth: $8 Million
Neil Alden Armstrong was the first aeronautical engineer and American astronaut to walk on the Moon. In addition, he was a test pilot, naval aviator, and university professor. Neil attended Purdue University and did a degree in aeronautical engineering; the U.S. Navy paid for his college tuition through the Holloway Plan. He flew the North American X-15 seven times and was the project pilot on Century Series fighters. He also took part in the Man in Space Soonest and X-20 Dyna-Soar human spaceflight programs of the United States Air Force.
Neil Armstrong Career
In 1949 – The Navy called Armstrong up and ordered him to report to Florida's Naval Air Station Pensacola for pilot training with class 5-49.
In 1955 – Neil began taking his first test flight at Cleveland's Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory.
In 1958 – He was appointed for the U.S. Air Force's Man In Space Soonest program, but funding was canceled by the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA).
In 1962 – He was opted by the U.S. Air Force as one of seven pilot-engineers who would fly the X-20.
In 1969 – Neil and his five crew members were launched on Apollo 11 by a Saturn V rocket from Launch Complex 39A at the Kennedy Space Center.
Neil Armstrong Achievements and Awards
In 1970 – He was honored with Dr. Robert H. Goddard Memorial Trophy.
In 1978 – U.S. President Jimmy Carter awarded him the Congressional Space Medal of Honor.
In 2011 – He was awarded Congressional Gold Medal.
Neil Armstrong Unknown Facts
Neil Armstrong started teaching aeronautical engineering at the University of Cincinnati after retiring from NASA.
Neil Armstrong worked as a spokesperson for a company named Chrysler in 1979. This company was regarded as one of the top three largest car manufacturers in the United States. He has also endorsed many other companies.