Neil Armstrong was born on August 5, 1930, on his grandparents’ farm in Ohio.
When Armstrong was 13, his family moved to Wakoneta, Ohio. He treasured airplanes, and when Armstrong turned six, he had his first experience on a Ford tri-motor. In 1947, Neil Armstrong, who was 17, happily set off to Purdue University, where he studied Aeronautical Engineering. He continued his school, until in 1947, the United States Navy called him into active duty. As a Navy pilot, Armstrong was sent to Korea during the Korean war. He completed 78 combat missions flying Panther Fighter Jets. He finally earned his bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Engineering in 1955. Armstrong became a civilian test pilot for the X-15 before becoming an astronaut in 1962. In 1966, Neil completed his first space-flight with David R. Scott with the first successful docking of two vehicles in space; the Gemini 8 and an unused Agenda Rocket. Because of his skill in aeronautical engineering and moon-walking, Neil Armstrong was a highly respected pioneer of the 20th century.