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Neil Armstrong Images

Famed astronaut Neil A. Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon during the historic Apollo 11 space mission 30 years ago, served for seven years as a research pilot at the NACA-NASA High-Speed Flight Station, now the Dryden Flight Research Center, at Edwards, California, before he entered the space program.

DFRC Photo # Photo Date Image Description
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E-3342 1958 Neil A. Armstrong - Portrait
E56-2607 1956 Closeup of research pilot Neil Armstrong operating the Iron Cross Attitude Simulator reaction controls simulating the X-15 flight at high altitudes
EC62-128 1962 F5D-1 on ramp with Neil Armstrong preparing to fly a Dyna-Soar simulation
E-6281 1960 X-15 on ground with test pilot Neil Armstrong and crew
ECN-89 1961 Research Pilot Neil Armstrong in the X-15 cockpit
E60-6286 1960 Research Pilot Neil Armstrong with X-15 on lakebed after completing mission
E-USAF-Armstrong-X-15 1960s Pilot Neil Armstrong with X-15 (USAF Photo)
ECN-149 1962 Test pilots 1962 - Thompson, McKay, Dana, Armstrong, Peterson, Butchart, Walker
ECN-151 1962 Test pilots 1962 - Thompson, McKay, Dana, Armstrong, Peterson, Butchart, Walker
E66-16107 1966 Astronaut Neil Armstrong presenting a NASA Flight Research Center flag flown on Gemani 8 space mission to center director Paul Bikle
EC91-572-3 1991 Former Dryden pilot and NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong
EC91-524-5 1991 Former Dryden pilot and NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong being inducted into the Aerospace Walk of Honor in Lancaster, California

Additional Information

Armstrong joined the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) at the Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory (later NASA's Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio, and today the Glenn Research Center) in 1955. Later that year, he transferred to the High-Speed Flight Station at Edwards as an aeronautical research scientist and then as a pilot, a position he held until becoming an astronaut in 1962. He was one of nine NASA astronauts in the second class to be chosen.

As a research pilot Armstrong served as project pilot on the F-100A and F-100C aircraft, F-101, and the F-104A. He also flew the X-1B, X-5, F-105, F-106, B-47, KC-135, and Paresev. He left Dryden with a total of over 2450 flying hours. He was a member of the USAF-NASA Dyna-Soar Pilot Consultant Group before the Dyna-Soar project was cancelled, and studied X-20 Dyna-Soar approaches and abort maneuvers through use of the F-102A and F5D jet aircraft.

Armstrong was actively engaged in both piloting and engineering aspects of the X-15 program from its inception. He completed the first flight in the aircraft equipped with a new flow-direction sensor (ball nose) and the initial flight in an X-15 equipped with a self-adaptive flight control system. He worked closely with designers and engineers in development of the adaptive system, and made seven flights in the rocket plane from December 1960 until July 1962. During those fights he reached a peak altitude of 207,500 feet in the X-15-3, and a speed of 3,989 mph (Mach 5.74) in the X-15-1.

Armstrong has a total of 8 days and 14 hours in space, including 2 hours and 48 minutes walking on the Moon. In March 1966 he was commander of the Gemini 8 orbital space flight with David Scott as pilot - the first successful docking of two vehicles in orbit. On July 20, 1969, during the Apollo 11 lunar mission, he became the first human to set foot on the Moon.




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