If Neil Armstrong had written his own obituary, he likely would have said he had been a test pilot, an engineer, an educator and one of the 400,000 Americans who helped land the first humans on the Moon. Less important to him was the combination of experience and lucky career choices that placed him as the first person to reach the surface of a body beyond Earth. As analytical as men come and modest to a fault, Armstrong, in a Viewpoint in Aviation Week on the 40th anniversary of his ...


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